What a difference a year makes for Liam Lindsay and Barnsley.
Having been part of the Tykes squad who were relegated from the Championship last May, the central defender must have been slightly concerned when Jose Morais, who signed him from Partick Thistle in 2017, was sacked by the club.
However, with Barnsley’s new boss Daniel Stendel clearly re-assuring Lindsay that he was very much part of his plans for the 2018/19 campaign, the defender quickly adapted to the competitiveness of League One and soon became a key player for his side.
Alongside the irrepressible Ethan Pinnock, the 23-year-old played a vital role in helping the club overcome the likes of Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic and Sunderland to secure automatic promotion by heading home the winner against Blackpool last month.
Yet despite his importance to the Tykes, Lindsay could be on the move in the summer with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that Italian side Brescia are interested in signing the defender.
If this is indeed the case, Stendel could secure a replacement for the former Airdrieonians loanee by bringing in one of League One’s most exciting prospects.
According to HITC, Barnsley are reportedly keeping tabs on AFC Wimbledon defender Deji Oshilaja. An undeniably talented player, the 25-year-old made a total of 32 appearances for the Dons last season yet missed the final two month of the campaign due to injury.
With his contract with the Wombles set to expire next month (via Transfermarkt), Oshilaja will be available on a free transfer when the window opens in July and could turn out to be a gem of a signing for Barnsley.
However, in order to secure his services for next season, the Tykes will have to fight off competition from Fleetwood Town and Sunderland.
What do you think Tykes fans? Should Stendel bring in Oshilaja in the summer if Lindsay leaves? Or would they benefit more from signing a player with previous experience of playing in the Championship? Get in touch below.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!