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Ones to watch: Barnsley

Posted: Fri 21 Apr 2017
Author: Ed Lewis
Ones to watch

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Three key players for tomorrow's opponents.

  • looks at three key players who could feature for Barnsley
  • Watkins scored the opening goal in the reverse fixture
  • Bradshaw and Kent both threats going forward for the Tykes
Marley Watkins

Signed from Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the summer of 2015, Watkins has been a revelation since joining Barnsley. The 26-year-old sits tops of the goalscoring and assists charts in South Yorkshire this term and, with two goals in his last three outings, he will be full of confidence heading into tomorrow's encounter. Having opened the scoring in the reverse fixture, City are fully aware of his attacking presence and will look to isolate the midfielder on home soil. The young, talented and versatile playmaker is a free agent at the end of the season and Cardiff City have reportedly expressed great interest in signing him. With a point to prove, Watkins will certainly want to continue his admirable form in BS3.

Tom Bradshaw

After netting 40 goals in 87 games for Walsall, the Tykes captured the signature of Bradshaw on a three-year deal in the summer. The prolific frontman experienced great success in League One and, having endured a rocky start to life in the Championship, he is starting to find the back of the net in the second tier. Having predominately featured as a substitute at the start of the campaign, Bradshaw has recently become a regular feature in Paul Heckingbottom’s starting XI. A major creative source, the 24-year-old made his debut for Wales 12 months ago and if he can rediscover the goalscoring form displayed with the Saddlers at a higher level, he will no doubt become a regular for his national side.

Ryan Kent

On a season-long loan from Liverpool, the 20-year-old winger, who can play on the left or right, has become a real hit with the Barnsley faithful. The fearless youngster has bags of confidence and has regularly produced eye-catching mazy runs this term. His quick feet and electric pace is one of the many reasons he is recognised as one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the country, and he has certainly taken his opportunity to demonstrate he can perform at this level. With just three games remaining of the campaign, the England Under-20 international will want to continue his flourishing form to bolster his chances of getting an opportunity at Anfield next season.