There’s a big season on the horizon for Barnsley down at Oakwell, who will be hoping to improve on their Championship placing of 14th that they secured last time out.
Paul Heckingbottom successfully guided his team away from the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign and all-in-all, it was a good showing from the Tykes, who more than stood their ground with some big sides knocking about in the division.
But moving forward, it’s going to be even tougher for the Tykes next season, with competition strong and three established teams in Sheffield United, Bolton and Millwall all coming up from League One.
They’re going to have to step up their game if they’re to survive convincingly once again and perhaps even push for the play-offs and there’s one man we at the FLW would like to see do that more than the rest.
The man in question? £600,000-rated Striker Tom Bradshaw, who had a quieter-than-expected campaign last time out. His form over the two years he was at Walsall was enough for the Tykes to make a permanent move for his services last summer but he managed just seven goals in over 40 appearances.
Compare that form to what we saw during his time at the Bescott- 40 strikes in two campaigns, and you can see why some supporters had expected a little better.
Of course, making that step up the divisions in England is always going to take a bit of time but for someone that came with such a reputation, they really would have expected a little more.
Now, he’s got a massive campaign ahead of him if he’s to keep leading the line going forward, where he’ll have to start banging in the goals sooner rather than later.
Tykes fans- what did you make of Bradshaw’s appearances last time out? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!