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League 1 Spotlight: Barnsley

Tom Hancock introduces the Tykes.

29 June 2018

Following a second relegation to the third tier in five years, Barnsley once again find themselves having to prepare to launch a fresh promotion push.

Last season's tally of nine league wins was the South Yorkshire outfit’s joint lowest ever in a 46-game campaign at any level, and they will have been disappointed to have finished 16 points worse off than in 2016/17, when they finished comfortably in mid-table in the Championship. Only bottom-of-the-table Sunderland recorded fewer victories.

New manager Daniel Stendel won’t have the easiest job on his hands in his first role in English football, but Barnsley do have the resources at their disposal to justify their tag as one of the favourites to go up, if they can make the most of them. League One is arguably weaker than it was the last time the Tykes were here, although that may only add to the pressure that’s likely to be on them right from the off.

Last season: 22nd in Championship

In charge: Daniel Stendel
Stendel became Barnsley’s fifth manager in as many years when he was appointed earlier this month, succeeding José Morais, who had been in charge for less than three months. This is the 44-year-old German’s second managerial post, having spent just under a year with Hannover 96 of the Bundesliga, the club for whom he made 184 appearances as a striker, scoring 43 goals.

Star player: Liam Lindsay
The 22-year-old Scotsman enjoyed a fine first season in English football, having joined from Partick Thistle. A stylish, 6’4” centre-half with great aerial ability, his teammates voted him Player of the Year, following on nicely from his inclusion in PFA Scotland’s Premiership Team of the Year in 2016/17. Unsurprisingly, he has been linked with clubs at higher levels, so Barnsley may do well to keep hold of him.

Key ins: The Tykes are yet to make any moves in the transfer market.

Key outs: Right-back and captain Andy Yiadom will remain in the Championship after signing for Reading on a free transfer in May, while versatile defender Matty Pearson will come up against his old club in 2018/19, having left after just one season to join Luton.

EFL head-to-head:
Meetings: 4
Wycombe wins: 0
Barnsley wins: 1
Draws: 3

First league meeting:
26/10/2002 (League One): Barnsley 1-1 Wycombe (Wycombe scorer: Keith Ryan)

Last league meeting:
21/03/2004 (League One): Barnsley 0-0 Wycombe

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