Conor Hourihane made a huge impact in his debut season at League One level, an outstanding 13 goals from midfield, together with 14 assists represents an exceptional season for the Irishman. The box to box midfielder played a part in every single league game for ‘The Tykes’ last term, and I can only see him improving as an individual with confidence flowing through his veins.
One to Watch
I am expecting defender Alfie Mawson to play a significant part in Barnsley’s promotion push next season. The 21-year-old signed from Brentford for an undisclosed fee after an impressive season on loan at League Two Wycombe Wanderers, where he contributed to helping his side to the play-off final at Wembley. He showed that he is not afraid to get forward by adding 6 goals to Wycombe’s total and will definitely be a danger from set pieces for League One defences across the country in the upcoming campaign.
Goalkeeper Adam Davies found his form towards the end of last season, so if that continues, Lee Johnson should have no problem making him one of the first names on the team sheet. The defensive duo of Lewin Nyatanga and Alfie Mawson should martial the backline well enough to keep the goals out. Midfield dynamo Conor Hourihane will run the show in the centre of the field but finding support from the wide men, or other midfield partners may be a problem if they don’t act quickly in the transfer window. The outstanding issue for manager Lee Johnson is the sever lack of goals. Discounting Hourihane, not a single player made it into double figures, with Sam Winnall netting 9 times in the league