When Barnsley forward Kieffer Moore was ruled out for the rest of the season in February, the club’s supporters must have been fearing the worst.
The 26-year-old had struck fear into the hearts of opponents in League One throughout the campaign and at the time of his injury had scored 18 goals in all competitions. Therefore, when the news broke at Oakwell of his impending absence, the club was in desperate need of another striker to step up to plate, which they seemingly have found.
A product of the club’s youth academy, Jacob Brown made his debut at the start of the 2018/19 campaign and has gone on to find the back of the net on five occasions whilst also providing a further assist for his team-mates. His latest strike, however, may prove to be his most valuable for the Tykes in their bid for automatic promotion.
With Barnsley seemingly edging towards a disappointing goalless draw at Walsall, Brown fired in with just seconds left on the clock to spark wild scenes amongst the club’s supporters.
The victory at the Bescot Stadium saw Daniel Stendel’s side maintain their gap over Sunderland and Portsmouth and will undoubtedly have given them confidence of succeeding in the battle for a top-two finish in League One.
If they are to achieve this, Brown will have to continue to produce his outstanding level of performance and prove that the Tykes are more than capable of making an immediate return to the second tier even without their talisman Moore.
At the age of nineteen, the forward has the world at his feet and would benefit from playing in a higher division with the club who gave him the opportunity to embark on a career as a footballer.
For the club’s supporters, promotion would be even sweeter if it was provided to them via one of their very own and so they will be encouraging Brown to deliver the goods which they know that he is capable of doing.
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