We spoke to Barnsley blogger Ian, from On The Ponty End, to gain an idea about what to expect from The Tykes this season.
“As ever, the EFL Championship is shaping up to be a very challenging division. The disparity between teams is becoming greater each season.”
“We’re in stronger position financially than we have ever been over the last decade, largely through our coffers being filled from outgoing transfers. Despite this, there are a significant portion of clubs with parachute payments and clout to attract proven quality.”
“Our success will depend on our ability to operate as a solid team rather than through any particular star individual. Barnsley are not and should not be considered as the perennial relegation favourites. There’s more to us than that.
When asked which position Barnsley will be looking to finish, Ian says that “the play-offs are still an ambitious target for a club of our stature, but could be achieved with our talented Head Coach and team.”
“The momentum we had from our promotion back to the Championship was halted in the January transfer window and we remain susceptible to any club who can offer improved personal terms to our gems. To keep this new group together and achieve a top half finish would be a good return.”
"Adam Hammill had a disappointing season back in the Championship last season, as the most senior professional at the club, Hecky will be expecting more from him in terms of performances and attitude to galvanise our young team."
“Liam Lindsay is an exciting talent, who will be tasked with filling the boots of the outgoing Mark Roberts in our defensive back line. Stevie Mallan looks like a lively prospect alongside Cameron McGeehan. Both midfielders have got plenty of assists and goals in their locker.”
Finally, when speaking about which games the club will be looking forward to, the Yorkshire derbies spring to mind. “It’s impossible to pick a single game.”
"The derbies are always big occasions. Perhaps if I had to select one, it would be the game against a resurgent Sheffield United (away) on Saturday, 19 August. It will be a real test to see if we are now an established Championship team and whether our summer transfer activity has reinforced that.