Whisper it quietly but Barnsley are now within touching distance of securing an instant return to the Championship.
A stunning transformation in fortunes since the arrival of Daniel Stendel last summer has seen their style of play completely change with one player, in particular, proving to be irrepressible in his midfield role.
Having joined the Tykes in January 2017, Alex Mowatt initially struggled to adapt to life at Oakwell with a number of under-par performances resulting him being loaned out to Oxford United last season. In his absence, Barnsley experienced a dismal campaign which culminated in the Yorkshire-based outfit being relegated from the second tier.
With uncertainties surrounding his future at the club, Mowatt benefited from a change in management as he was brought in from the cold by Siewert, a decision which has turned out to be a masterstroke by the German.
An outstanding level of consistency has seen the 24-year-old thrive in Barnsley’s system as not only has he been able to dictate the play alongside Cameron McGeehan but he has also produced valuable contributions in the final third.
Having scored in both of the club’s Easter weekend fixtures, the former Leeds United star has taken his tally to eight for the season which is a superb total for a deep-lying midfielder.
Although Cauley Woodrow may be grabbing all the headlines for Barnsley for his goal-scoring escapades, it could be argued that without the domineering presence of Mowatt, the club would not be in the position that they currently find themselves in.
Therefore, regardless of what division they are in next season, the Tykes simply cannot afford to let the £450,000-rated (according to Transfermarkt) hero leave in the summer. With a bright future ahead of him, Mowatt could become a modern-hero at the club over the coming years if he continues to develop as a player under the guidance of Siewert.
Given just how well he has played this season, it would not be at all surprising if he is subject to interest from elsewhere and so it is imperative that Barnsley resist any temptation to sell him when the transfer window opens in July.
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