Barnsley quarter-term report: How the Reds have silenced the doom-merchants

Yorkshire Post football writer Leon Wobschall reviews the first ten games of the Championship campaign and discusses where Barnsley will finish this season.

Watch Leon's season summary in the two-minute video above or scroll down for his written assessment.


So far, so good? Early evidence suggested the longest of seasons at Oakwell, but the new signings are starting to gel.

Some doom-merchants had even suggested the Reds would be a 2016-17 version of Rotherham United, but the Reds have emphatically – and thankfully – dispelled such fears.

It was always a season which was likely to be a ‘slow burner’ as unproven players assimilated into Championship life and Paul Heckingbottom’s methodology and all things considered, Barnsley have not done too badly, given that expectations were relatively low back in the summer.

Barnsley's Liam Lindsay and Tom Bradshaw acknowledge the fans

Room for improvement

Game management and being ruthless in both boxes. Barnsley are a young side with not too much Championship savvy and sometimes that naivety has shown. The players should get better with more experience.

Likely destination

Bottom eight, but safe.

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