It has been a roller-coaster of a year for Kieffer Moore at Barnsley, hasn’t it?
The Tykes forward must have been concerned about his future at Oakwell when the club were relegated from the second tier last May as Jose Morais, the manager who signed him from Ipswich Town, was sacked.
However, following Barnsley’s decision to appoint Daniel Stendel as their new boss, Moore’s fears where alleviated by the German who ensured him that he was firmly part of the Yorkshire-based outfit’s plans for the upcoming season.
After failing to score in his first three fixtures of the 2018/19 campaign, the 26-year-old burst into life by firing in a hat-trick against Rochdale in August, a performance which took his game to new heights. Having added 13 more goals to his league tally by February, it looked almost certain that Moore would be the player to lead the Tykes to promotion from League One.
However, after suffering a serious concussion during a 4-1 victory at Gillingham, the £675k-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) was initially ruled out for the rest of the season on medical advice (via BBC Sport). Yet after receiving the all clear to return, Moore did play a minimal role in the final four games of the season.
Although the likes of Jacob Brown and Cauley Woodrow stepped up to the plate during the forward’s absence to secure a top-two finish in the third tier, it could be argued that without his firepower earlier on in the season, Barnsley could have quite easily been involved in the play-offs this week.
Therefore, it is imperative that in order for the Tykes to have the best chance of thriving in the Championship next season, they must do all they can to keep the forward at the club this summer.
According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Bristol City are reportedly interested in signing Moore this summer. Although no official bid has been made for the ex-Ipswich star, this news would understandably be worrying for Barnsley supporters who would understandably be devastated to lose their talisman this summer.
Whereas selling Moore would bring the Tykes a considerable windfall of money to spend on other players, it is clear for the club to build over the coming years, they need to keep hold of their most prized assets at all costs.
What do you think Barnsley fans? Can your club resist the temptation to sell Moore in the summer? How impressed have you been with the forward’s development as a player over the past 12 months? Let us know below.
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