It has a fantastic year to be a Barnsley supporter, hasn’t it?
After taking the risk to appoint Daniel Stendel as their new manager last summer, the Tykes’ fortunes have been completely transformed by the 46-year-old.
Having drilled into his players the style of football that he believed would be successful in League One, the German was proved to be correct as his side fought off competition from Portsmouth, Sunderland and Charlton Athletic to secure automatic promotion alongside Luton Town.
With Stendel facing a busy summer of transfer activity at Oakwell, he may have to find a replacement for goalkeeper Adam Davies.
According to the Yorkshire Post, the 26-year-old is reportedly on the radar of a whole host of clubs with Stoke City, Birmingham City, Hull City and Brentford all interested in signing him when his current deal with Barnsley runs out next month.
If the Tykes cannot agree new terms with Davies and subsequently have to let him go for free, they should consider swooping for one of Scottish football’s rising stars.
Following his move from Rangers to Livingston in 2018, Liam Kelly has emerged as a key player for West Lothian-based side with his outstanding performances in goal helping the club avoid relegation this season.
Although his contract with the Lions doesn’t run out until 2020 (via Transfermarkt), according to reports in the Scottish Sun, a clause in his current deal means that he could leave for as little as £50,000.
With Barnsley one of the sides reported to be interested in Kelly, he could turn out to be a cost-efficient replacement for Davies.
However, in order to secure his services for the 2019/20 campaign, the Tykes will have to fight off competition from the likes of Hamburg and Celtic who are both keeping tabs on the shot-stopper.
By beating these two footballing giants to Kelly’s signature, Barnsley will be sending out a signal of intent to the rest of the Championship that they mean business this year.
What do you think Tykes fans? Should Stendel bring in Kelly if Davies leaves this summer? Or is there another keeper that you think the German should be targeting? Let us know below.
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