Former Barnsley midfielder Stevie Mallan is quickly becoming one of the shining lights in the Ladbrokes Premiership with new club Hibernian.

The 22-year-old Glasgow-born midfielder spent one year at Oakwell in which he was fielded just nine times by Barnsley as the club were relegated to Sky Bet League One.

Mallan joined current club Hibernian in the summer on a four-year deal to end his 12 months of misery in South Yorkshire and the player has never looked back, playing a starring role for Neil Lennon’s side. The midfielder has made 16 appearances for the Hibees in which he has produced an exceptional goal return of nine. What is even more impressive about the player’s record at Easter Road is that all of those goals have been scored from outside of the box.

While Mallan’s former club Barnsley are building a strong case for an immediate promotion from Sky Bet League One this season, one can’t help but wonder what may have been for the player at Oakwell had he been given a greater opportunity to impress. The Tykes were just two points from survival in the Sky Bet Championship last term and had Mallan been given more chance to find his feet in England, he may have been able to help Barnsley avoid the drop.

With Mallan in superb form, the player could be on the verge of a full international call-up for Scotland. How long the midfielder will have to wait for his senior international debut is unknown but one thing is for sure, Hibernian have bagged themselves a top player.


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