Barnsley Manager Lee Johnson is urging striker Sam Winnall to aim for 20 goals this season, reports The Barnsley Chronicle.

The 24 year old striker is well known for his prolific goalscoring in recent seasons having notched 23 goals in 45 games during a successful spell at former club Scunthorpe United.

The Barnsley forward is proving just as dependable at Oakwell this season having already scored 9 goals in a season which has seen The Tykes underperform at the wrong end of the League 1 table.

Winnall scored a double for The Tykes in Monday’s 4-2 home victory over relegation threatened Blackpool, a result which turned out to be the home side’s first league victory at Oakwell since September.

Barnsley have won just 2 of their last 6 matches and have suffered from generally poor form all season which has seen Manager Lee Johnson come under some severe criticism from supporters of the South Yorkshire club and the Oakwell boss will be hopeful that by putting faith in Winnall the striker can continue to fire The Tykes to League 1 safety.

Although Barnsley are currently fighting against relegation, Manager Lee Johnson is in no rush to bring in more fire power having decided against extending the deal of forward Simeon Jackson or making a move for Conor Wilkinson or Michael Smith.


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