It has been an incredible year to be a Barnsley supporter, hasn’t it?
Having seen their club’s fortunes completely transformed by the arrival of Daniel Stendel, the Oakwell faithful will be excited to see just how well their club can do in the Championship next season following their promotion from the third tier last month.
Although the German already has a fantastic squad of players at his disposal, it will not be at all surprising if he decides to bring in a number of additions this summer to help boost his options.
With the right-back position being hotly contested by Jordan Williams and Dimitri Cavare throughout the 2018/19 campaign, the Tykes may benefit from bringing in a player who could take their defence to new heights next year.
According to Football Insider, Barnsley are one of a number of clubs who are keeping tabs on Sunderland defender Adam Matthews whose current deal at the Stadium of Light runs out next month.
An exciting player, the £1.35m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) has impressed this season for the Black Cats when given the opportunity to express himself by Jack Ross and carries a clear threat going forward having provided five assists for his team-mates in League One.
Yet despite delivering a number of promising performances for Sunderland in recent months, the emergence of Luke O’Nien as Sunderland’s number-one choice at full-back could mean that Matthews may have to move on for the sake of his career.
Considering that the former Celtic player will cost the Tykes nothing in terms of a transfer fee, it could turn out to be quite a coup if they can convince him to make switch to Oakwell.
Having previously played in the Championship for the likes of Cardiff City, Sunderland and Bristol City, Matthews knows exactly what it takes to thrive at this particular level and therefore could turn out to be the perfect signing for a Barnsley side looking to prolong their stay in the second tier.
However, if Stendel is considering a move for defender, he must act fast to beat the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers to his signature.
What do you think Tykes fans? Would you welcome a summer swoop for Matthews? Is he an upgrade on what your side already have at their disposal at Oakwell? Let us know below.
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