Andy Yiadom was a crucial figure in last season’s Conference promotion campaign. Despite predominantly being a right back, earlier on in his career his was often deployed as a winger due to his attacking instinct. Former Barnet manager Edgar David’s used him further forward before the departure of Barry Fuller and arrival of Keanu Marsh-Brown, converted him to a right-back. For a player who is just 23-years-old, he has a huge amount of experience. He has over 150 professional appearances but has never played higher than forth-tier football.
One to Watch
‘The Bees’ will hope to sting the opposition on the counter attack with Keanu Marsh Brown’s searing speed. The former Fulham youngster has Football League experience with the likes of MK Dons, Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic. As a winger that prefers to stay wide and whip the ball across to grab assists but does have an eye for goal as he proved towards the end of last season. Perhaps the reason why he didn’t succeed at a higher level is his lack of defensive discipline. Chasing back is not an attribute the 22-year-old possesses but you can hardly blame him seeing the damage he can deal at the other end of the field.
I expect ‘The Bees’ to be in a relegation dogfight from the first whistle. Their defence is not as sturdy as many other League Two defences, after all they did concede the most goals out of the top 3 teams in last seasons Vanarama Conference. A backline leader is needed if Barnet are to stave of relegation in their return to the Football League. In Kevin Lisbie they have a guaranteed goal scorer. The former Jamaican international turns 37 in October but has proved in recent years that he still the knack for goals, and the instinctive mindset the top forwards acquire when playing at the highest level. Barnet will be a very attractive side to watch with goals flying in all over the place, although maybe too many between the sticks of goalkeeper Graham Stack.
Prediction – 22nd