He’s been a revelation this season, hasn’t he? Jacob Brown has really established his place in Daniel Stendel’s side this season and not only is he one for the future, but he is also one for the present as he is performing week-in-week-out for Barnsley.
Brown has had to bide his time at Barnsley. After making two appearances in the 2016/17 season, he built on his limited experience in senior football with a short-term loan at Chesterfield last season.
The 20-year-old failed to score or assist in 13 games for the then League Two outfit, however, it will have helped him mature significantly by holding his own in multiple positions across their frontline.
This campaign, Brown started the League campaign out of the matchday squads, but since late August, he has built up his experience in first-team football with a number of impressive cameos.
Since the New Year, the EFL’s Young Player of the Month for January has really been able to have a greater influence on the Tykes as he seemingly has Stendel’s complete faith. Brown has made the right-wing position his own following Brad Potts’ move, using his movement and pace to get in behind and to act as a menace for the opposition.
In 28 League One games this year, he has netted five times and provided a further five assists, which is remarkable for a player in their first full season of regular, professional football at the age of 20.
Brown now has the trust of the manager to kick on in a Barnsley shirt and make his mark on the promotion race. If he can continue to do so and even help to gain promotion, it would come as no surprise to see some more established Championship clubs eyeing up his services in the near future.
But, for now, Brown will be firmly focused on helping Barnsley return to the second tier of English football once again.