Barnsley have been enjoying a superb season in League One, haven’t they Tykes fans?
The Yorkshire-based outfit have been a force to be reckoned with in the third tier since the arrival of Daniel Stendel last June and currently find themselves in a great position to secure an immediate return to the Championship.
With six games left to play, Barnsley are within touching distance of automatic promotion but will have to be wary of the challenge that both Sunderland and Portsmouth possess. The Black Cats, in particular, pose a considerable threat as despite being three points behind Stendel’s side, they still have two more fixtures to play and are almost certain to take the race for the top-two right down to the wire.
In order to overcome their rivals in May, the Tykes will be hoping that one of their most promising players steps up to the plate.
After starting his career at Norwich City, Cameron McGeehan first rose to prominence whilst on loan at Luton Town where he produced a number of stand-out performances for the club which culminated in then-boss Nathan Jones deciding to sign him on a permanent deal in 2015. The following two campaigns saw him excel in the Hatters midfield yet promotion from League Two continued to elude the club.
Clearly capable of playing at a higher level, McGeehan joined Barnsley, who were in the Championship at the time of the purchase, in 2017. His debut season was tinged with frustration as the former Cambridge United loanee was only given sporadic opportunities to impress for his new side before being loaned out to Scunthorpe United.
Despite this disappointment, McGeehan has developed into a superb player during the 2018/19 campaign under the guidance of Stendel and at the age of 23 is on the edge of stardom. Therefore, it could be vital for Barnsley that they secure promotion to the Championship as if they do not, they may have to face losing one of their most influential stars.
Although he has only scored a modest total of 5 goals this season, his partnership with Alex Mowatt in the heart of the club’s midfield has provided Barnsley’s supporters with a brand of football which has been a joy to watch.
The Tykes, who are currently on a run of 20 games unbeaten in League One, know that if McGeehan dictates the tempo of their play in the next six games, they should find themselves in a superb position to secure automatic promotion alongside runaway leaders Luton.
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