The Background

Last season was simply just not good enough for the Tykes who finished second bottom in the Championship just two points off the foot of the table. Relegation was expected almost all season by the fans in a year of very few positives.

Chris O’Grady’s 15 goals weren’t enough to save them and now he has gone to Brighton leaving Barnsley with limited attacking options for the upcoming season. With only nine wins all season, this year will have to be a different for the South-Yorkshire club or fans will quickly lose patience with Danny Wilson who was appointed after David Flitcroft’s sacking back in November.

This season, will be one of importance for Barnsley fans but after little work in the window so far, Barnsley fans may not feel the greatest about the upcoming season.

The Star Man

Dale Jennings is only 21 years old and has much to prove for the club however the ex-Bayern Munich winger’s pace and freshness in the side will be the sort of character needed for the upcoming season. After enjoying his youth career at Liverpool, the young player joined Tranmere Rovers to which he joined Bayern after his first season as a 17 year old at Prenton Park in which he scored six goals in 29 appearances.

If Barnsley want to do well, nurturing and exploiting youth will be key and with talents such as Jennings at the club, they can be pivotal in success or the prevention of downfall.

The Gaffer

Danny Wilson has managed a whole range of clubs from Wednesday in the Prem to Hartlepool in League Two. The Wigan born man had previously lead Barnsley to the promised land all the way back in 1997 as they enjoyed their first ever Premier League season and his managerial experience from that can help him with the squad he has now. After also managing Sheffield Wednesday in the Premier League as well and guiding many teams to promotion over his managerial career, he knows it can be done. With a full pre-season behind him, there is no reason why Barnsley can’t challenge for a top six finish with new additions.

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