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Barnsley: Stendel should consider summer swoop for Christy Pym

Barnsley: Stendel should consider summer swoop for Christy Pym

It has been an incredible year to be a Barnsley supporter, hasn’t it?

Having made the brilliant decision to appoint Daniel Stendel as their manager last June, the Tykes were able to fend off the likes of Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and Sunderland to secure an immediate return to the Championship.

Whereas their deadly attacking duo of Cauley Woodrow and Kieffer Moore grabbed all the headlines in the third tier, it could be argued that without the domineering presence of goalkeeper Adam Davies, Barnsley would almost definitely would be playing in the play-offs this week.

An outstanding shot-stopper, the 26-year-old achieved a remarkable total of 19 clean sheets during the 2018/19 campaign which was the joint-best record in the league alongside Luton Town’s James Shea.

However, despite clearly being one of Barnsley’s most important players, Davies could be about to leave Oakwell as he has yet to agree a new deal with the club with his existing contract set to expire next month (via Transfermarkt).

If the Wales international does indeed decide to leave in the summer, Stendel must bring in a sufficient replacement as if he doesn’t, the Tykes could struggle to compete in the second tier next season.

Therefore, it is imperative that the club steers clear of trying to sign AFC Fylde ace Jay Lynch.

With HITC reporting that Barnsley are one of a number of sides who are interested in signing the keeper this summer on a free transfer, it could prove to be a big mistake if they do indeed swoop for him.

Although Lynch enjoyed a brilliant year in the National League with the Coasters in which they reached the play-off final, the fact that he has only played two games in the Football League during his career is concerning.

Therefore, instead of targeting the 29-year-old, the Tykes could benefit from focusing on securing a deal to bring in one of the most exciting young keepers in League Two in the summer.

According to Devon Live, Barnsley are reportedly keeping tabs on Exeter City keeper Christy Pym whose current deal at St James Park runs out in June.

A fantastic player, the 24-year-old was immense for the Grecians last season as he helped the club secure a ninth-place finish in the fourth tier by conceding just 42 goals in 45 appearances.

Clearly more than capable of making the step up in level to the Championship, Pym has all the ingredients needed to become a hero at Oakwell in the future if Stendel decides to take a risk on him.

What do you think Barnsley fans? Should your club sign Pym in the summer if Davies leaves Oakwell? Or is there another keeper you think Stendel should be targeting? Get in touch below.

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