It has been quite a year to be a Barnsley supporter, hasn’t it?
Having suffered a dismal relegation from the Championship last May, the Tykes took an almighty risk in the summer by appointing Daniel Stendel as their new boss.
Although the 45-year-old had previously experienced success in Germany with Hannover, the fact that he had not managed in England must have been concerning for some at Oakwell.
However, they needn’t have worried as by revolutionising Barnsley’s style of play, Stendel created the foundations needed to launch a sustained bid for promotion in League One.
Fighting it out with the likes of Sunderland and Portsmouth for the majority of the season, the Tykes landed the killer blow in April as a run of four consecutive victories saw the Yorkshire-based outfit secure a top-two finish in the third tier.
Although Stendel will be proud of his achievements during the 2018/19 campaign, he will be hoping that this is only the start of his story at Barnsley.
With the club making the step up in level next season, the German will be hoping that Kieffer Moore can provide the all-important difference in the Championship. Despite missing a considerable chunk of the year due to injury, the forward still managed to fire in 17 goals for the Tykes during a highly impressive campaign.
If Moore is able to replicate his goal-scoring antics when the club make their return to the second tier, there is no reason why Stendel’s side cannot go on to achieve success, especially when you consider that they boast a squad that includes the likes of Alex Mowatt, Cameron McGeehan and Cauley Woodrow.
On a personal note, the £675k-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) will be wanting to prove his doubters wrong as he has yet to deliver on a consistent basis in the Championship having played at that particular level for Yeovil Town, Ipswich Town and Barnsley in the past.
What do you think Barnsley fans? Can Moore fire you to success in the Championship? How impressed have you been with the forward since he joined your club last year? Let us know below.
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