Should there have been any doubts, from a cynical few, that the Reds new number 9 could replicate last seasons success. Winnall's stock is certainly on the rise at Oakwell.

Nominated in the League Two Team of the Year 2014, Sam Winnall arrived at Oakwell in the summer, with a reputation for finding the back of the onion bag in England's fourth tier. Should there have been any doubts, from a cynical few, that the Reds new number 9 might not be able to replicate this success at a higher level - Winnall's stock is certainly on the rise at Oakwell.

Picture: Martyn Harrison

In an auction of Barnsley FC shirts on eBay, featuring the official Football League poppy design, the strikers shirt attracted bids in excess of £400. At the time of writing this post Winnall's is the most popular lot on offer. As his devotee count climbs, here are five facts you might not know about our Super Sam:

  1. For those of you partial to the sound of the Panpipes; on the day Sam Winnall was born, 9 January 1991, German new age music combo Enigma topped the UK Pop Chart with their less than uplifiting single 'Sadness Part 1'. Check it out!

  2. Barnsley legend Mick McCarthy provided Winnall with his first senior debut on 24 August 2010. However, it was to be his only first team appearance for Wolverhampton Wanderers before a succession of loan moves ensued.  Ultimately his contract at Molineux expired at the end of the 2012/13 season, leaving Sam as a free agent.

  3. Winnall scored his first senior goal on 22 February 2011 whilst on loan at Burton Albion. Although the sense of occasion was no doubt blighted by the final scoreline; as the Brewers were thrashed 4 -1 by opponents Wycombe Wanderers, away at Adams Park.

  4. Despite his growing reputation in the football league, you might be surprised to learn that Winnall had to wait until 9 November 2014 to bag his first-ever professional hat-trick, as the Reds thumped Burton Albion 5 - 0 at Oakwell, to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup.

  5. Sam saw red for the first time at Gigg Lane. Representing loan club Burton Albion, Winnall received his marching orders for a foul on Bury midfielder Steven Schumacher. The Brewers were once again defeated that day (1-0) in a game which might be remembered for the sheer amount of referee confetti on display. Bury players Damien Mozika and Efe Sodje were ordered to take an early bath too from the man in the middle, Nigel Miller.
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