How exciting has race for automatic promotion in League One been this season?
Last night’s victory for Sunderland at Accrington Stanley saw the gap between them and second-placed Barnsley narrow to three points with Portsmouth also firmly in contention.
The Tykes’ 2-2 draw against Coventry City last Saturday may prove to be a vital error in their hopes of securing an immediate return to the Championship next season, especially when you consider that their closest competitors still have games in hand over the Yorkshire-based outfit.
Regardless of whether they secure promotion in May, it has become clear that Daniel Stendel must resist any temptation to sell Alex Mowatt in the summer.
The midfielder has featured in every single of Barnsley’s league games this season with his exceptional level of consistency earning him a place in the EFL League One team of the year alongside Cameron McGeehan, Adam Davies and Ethan Pinnock.
With five goals and five assists to his name, Mowatt has been extremely influential for the Tykes and could still embark on a run of form that leads them to a top-two finish. The former Leeds man clearly has the ability to play at a higher level than the third tier and so it is incredibly important that Barnsley do all that they can to keep him at Oakwell next season.
After signing a contract extension with the club last November to extend his stay to at least 2020 (via the BBC), it is clear that he is happy at the Tykes but interest from elsewhere could still turn his head, especially if Stendel’s side miss out on promotion.
What do you think Barnsley fans? How important is Mowett to your side? Should Stendel all that he can to avoid resisting any temptation for the midfielder in the summer? Let us know below.
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