After impressing last season in the Sky Bet Championship and finishing a respectable 14th, Barnsley now face an even more difficult task during the 2017/18 campaign, where they are once again among the favourites for relegation.
A lot of Barnsley’s better performances last season came during the first-half of the campaign, with Paul Heckingbottom’s side losing their way a little bit in 2017, following the departure of a number of key players.
Sam Winnall, James Bree and Conor Hourihane all left last January, and the trio have been followed out of Oakwell by Marc Roberts, Marley Watkins and Josh Scowen this summer, leaving Barnsley’s squad looking considerably weaker than it did 12-months ago.
Another player could be heading for the exit door this summer, with Andy Yiadom attracting interest from the Premier League.
Barnsley are yet to cave in and sell the right-back, but the player must push for a move away from Oakwell this summer or face a difficult season with the Tykes next year.
Despite the 25-year-old almost certain to be one of Barnsley’s key men next year, he could find himself within a squad that struggles in the Championship, particularly with how competitive the division will be.
Yiadom will have respect for Barnsley after the club gave him an opportunity in the Championship last season, but the player must start thinking about himself and where will be best for him to develop as a player.
Some players in the Championship never get the opportunity to play in the Premier League, and whilst Yiadom still has plenty of his career ahead of him, there is still a small possibility he will never get the chance to take the step up again.
It is shaping up to be a tough year for Barnsley, which would undoubtedly be made even tougher without Yiadom. However, the defender must push for a move away from Oakwell and make the step up to the Premier League this summer.