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2021/2022

Barnsley

In


Devante Cole (att) Motherwell; Obbi Oulare (att) Standard Liege; Josh Benson (mid) Burnley

Out


Alex Mowatt (k) (mid) West Brom; Jack Aitchison (att) Forest Green – on loan; Luke Thomas (mid) Bristol Rovers – on loan; Patrick Schmidt (att) Esbjerg – on loan; Michael Sollbauer (sp) (def) Dynamo Dresden, Daryl Dike (r) (att) Orlando City – end of loan; Conor Chaplin (r) (att) Ipswich

Barnsley exceeded all expectations last season as the appointment of Valerian Ismael in late October and a high intensity direct brand of football heralded a remarkable rise up the table. During February and March they only lost once, winning nine of their 11 games. They finished in the play-offs but were beaten in the semi-finals. The close season has seen the departure of Ismael as well as captain and key man Mowatt. Mowatt was the lynchpin of the team, he left the club after turning down the most lucrative contract offer in Barnsley’s history. For a new manager they have gone back to their tried and tested formula which is the appointment of a boss who has previously succeeded in the Austrian Bundesliga. The new man is Markus Schopp. He worked wonders on a small budget at Austrian side Hartberg, leading them to fifth in 2019/20 and seventh last season. On the playing staff, with loan star Dike leaving, the Reds needed to strengthen up front. They have brought in Cole who hit 11 goals in 27 Scottish Premier League appearances last season and former Belgium youth international Oulare. Barnsley have an exciting young squad who showed their qualities last season. However, it remains to be seen how they fare without Ismael and Mowatt.

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Will be looking to consolidate in the Championship after the key summer departures. Based on last season the squad is capable of a mid-table finish, much will depend on the impact of the new manager.

Season Review
2020/2021

№5: Barnsley

Barnsley had a remarkable campaign. After performing a great escape from relegation last season, a brilliant run of results saw them achieve a play-off place. However, they were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Swansea. The season didn’t start well for the Reds with three losses in their opening four games. Then boss Gerhard Struber, who had led their successful survival bid, left in early October to manage in the MLS. Struber’s departure however, proved to be a blessing in disguise as it led to the appointment of Valerien Ismael. He installed a brand of high energy, direct football. Results improved to move Barnsley clear of the relegation zone before a run of 11 wins in 14 games put them on course for their top six finish. Ever-present central midfielder and captain Alex Mowatt was the team’s driving force. The January acquisitions of Daryl Dike and Carlton Morris proved crucial with the duo weighing in with 16 goals between them. The loan signing of Dike was a real coup with the exciting young USA international giving them a strong presence up front. Next season, they will find it difficult to repeat the successes of this campaign. Ismael has already been linked with other managerial vacancies and Mowatt's future at the club is in doubt with his contract expiring this summer.


Player of the Season: Alex Mowatt

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