Paul Heckingbottom’s changing room at Barnsley will look completely different to how it looked 12-months ago, with numerous players turning their backs on the club since their promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.
Conor Hourihane, Sam Winnall and James Bree were all high-profile departures during the January transfer window, after the trio attracted attention from Barnsley’s rivals following an excellent start to the 2016/17 campaign.
Marc Roberts could be another player who is heading for the exit door, with Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion reportedly offering the defender a route out of Oakwell.
With so many key players leaving Barnsley in the last six-months, Heckingbottom will be looking around his changing rooms at Oakwell for inspiration, which could come in the form of Alex Mowatt.
Mowatt was bought during the January transfer window from Leeds United, where his career had began to stall under Garry Monk, who has since left his post at Elland Road.
The 22-year old worked his way into Leeds’ first-team slowly, but was in impressive form during the 2014/15 campaign, when he scored nine goals for the Whites and received numerous accolades for his performances.
Since then, Mowatt’s career has not hit the same heights and the midfielder has scored just once in 11 appearances since his arrival at Barnsley.
With so many exits from Oakwell, somebody will have to step up for Barnsley next season in the Championship, if they are to rediscover the form that they showed last season.
Mowatt could be that player, and if Heckingbottom can help the 22-year old rediscover his form from the 2014/15 campaign, then the exodus of players from Oakwell could soon be forgotten.