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Barnsley: Teenager could make first start and duo in contention for Carlisle clash

Barnsley: Teenager could make first start and duo in contention for Carlisle clash

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel could give a first start to a number of players in tonight’s Carabao Cup match against Carlisle at Oakwell.

The club’s official website reported that teenager Callum Styles could make his first start for the club, with new signings Clarke Oduor and Patrick Schmidt in contention.

According to Barnsley’s official website, Brad Collins, Ben Williams, Aapo Halme, Conor Chaplin, Mamadou Thiam and George Miller could all make their first start of the season in tonight’s clash.

However, Alex Mowatt is a major doubt after his injury in the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Attacking midfielder Styles made seven substitute appearances for the Reds last season and was brought on for the final 13 minutes at Hillsborough on Saturday.

In his brief appearance against Sheffield Wednesday, the 19-year-old had a 71% passing success rate and won two tackles, but also lost possession twice, the joint most of any Barnsley player along with Cameron McGeehan. [via WhoScored.com].

Left-back Oduor could be in line for his first ever start in professional football tonight, with his senior experience consisting of just three minutes as a substitute for Leeds in their FA Cup third round defeat to QPR last season.

According to Barnsley’s official website, he is a versatile left-sided player who can operate either as a full-back or a wide midfielder. He was also described in a club profile as “a physical and skilful player with pace and an eye for goal“, traits he could get to demonstrate against Carlisle if Stendel names him in the starting line-up.

Schmidt, who has played eight times for Austria’s under-21 side, came to Oakwell with a decent scoring record from Admira Wacker Modling in his homeland.

He ended last season with nine goals in 34 appearances in all competitions, including eight in 27 games in the Austrian Bundesliga, and had 18 goals in 72 games in total for his former club.

Schmidt certainly seems to have plenty of scoring potential, judging by his record in the Austrian top flight, while it should be interesting to see how Styles and Oduor perform given their inexperience at senior level.

A home fixture in the first round of the Carabao Cup against a team two divisions lower than Barnsley seems the perfect setting for Stendel to delve into his squad and have a look at younger players who should be eager to prove to their manager that they merit regular inclusion in the starting line-up in Championship fixtures.

Barnsley fans, which players are you most excited about seeing in action tonight? Let us know by commenting below!

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