When Kieffer Moore was ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury in February, Barnsley supporters must have been concerned about whether the club had another attacking prowess to maintain their battle for promotion in League One.
However, in the absence of the 26-year-old, another forward has well and truly stepped up to the mark for the Tykes. Cauley Woodrow moved to Oakwell last summer from Fulham yet had to wait until November to make his debut for his new side after facing a spell on the sidelines. Despite this early setback, the England Under-21 international has gone from strength to strength for Barnsley as he has fired in 15 league goals with four of those coming in his last five games for the club.
A deadly finisher, Woodrow (valued at a fairly decent £675k by Transfermarkt) has carried on where Moore left off and with just two games left to play this season, he could prove to be the difference for the Tykes in the race for the top-two this season. Daniel Stendel’s side are currently second in the standings and hold a two-point lead over Portsmouth and a four-point advantage over Sunderland. Although the South Yorkshire-based outfit are in a great position to secure an immediate return to the Championship after one year away, both of their rivals still have a game in hand over them.
Regardless of whether Barnsley secure promotion, it is overwhelmingly clear that they cannot let Woodrow leave in the summer. With the forward being in impressive form in recent games, it would not be surprising if he attracts interest from elsewhere when the transfer window opens in July and so it is paramount that Stendel resists any temptation to sell him.
In the form of Woodrow and Moore, the Tykes have a strike-force that has the potential to thrive at a higher level than League One and so in order to keep the club on track for a bright future, they must keep the foundations of what is already a successful squad of players in place.
What do you think Barnsley fans? How impressed have you been with Woodrow this season? How important is it that you keep him at the club next season? Let us know below…