June 2019
With the summer transfer window now upon us once more, it is that time of year again where fans of all clubs get excited, and potentially a little bit nervous, about what the upcoming months could have to offer. The fixtures have been announced for next season and the preparations are already underway. As the weeks go by, new rumours come and go with varying degrees of credibility, but it does raise the question of what Barnsley fans could expect to see throughout the remainder of the window.
Potential Signings

One of the names seemingly on the radar this summer is Motherwell’s David Turnbull, who scored 16 goals and provided seven assists last season. Barnsley look to have been beaten to his signature by Celtic, as of 21st June, after having an initial bid rejected.

Along with Turnbull, it is yet to be seen as to whether Barnsley would re-enter the hunt for St Johnstone’s Jason Kerr having had a bid rejected for the defender back in January. It has been reported that Kerr has once again become a top target for the Yorkshire outfit, who now have greater funds at their disposal following their promotion from League One. Whilst a deal appears plausible, it is likely that it will take a seven-figure sum, or very close to it, to persuade the Scottish club to sell. They will need to strengthen significantly this summer, according to to the bookmakers, as they are currently favourites to get relegated in the football betting.

Possible Outgoings

Whilst Kerr is one name being linked to come into the defence, Liam Lindsay is attracting plenty of interest from various clubs. Stoke look to have landed his signature with a move almost completed as of 21st June. The Potters are chasing promotion under Nathan Jones - who implemented an exciting style of play at Luton which has helped them achieve consecutive promotions - after a disappointing first season in the Championship.

Kieffer Moore has caught the eye of numerous clubs during his time at Barnsley and the 26-year-old has been linked with a potential move to Bristol City. Having scored 17 goals in last year’s successful League One promotion campaign, it is likely that the Reds will command a large fee for their striker, especially knowing that Bristol City have sold Lloyd Kelly to Bournemouth for £13 million earlier in the window.

Patience is Key

Throughout the duration of the transfer window, many different suggestions will come to the surface with few often coming to fruition. Although some key names are being linked with possible exits from Oakwell, it appears clear that the club will back Daniel Stendel following the club’s promotion from League One.
There is no doubt the 2018/19 race for the Championship title was both thrilling and dramatic. With Leeds United looking sure to bag it at one point, their tragic late stumble saw Norwich win the league instead. While the football action has ended domestically for now, already fans of the Championship will be looking ahead to next year and who could win the 2019/20 Championship title.

The three teams relegated from the Premiership in the previous season are always fancied, so Huddersfield, Fulham, and Cardiff City will be worth keeping an eye on. Teams like Leeds and Derby County who had strong seasons last year will also be in the mix. But which teams are the dark horses that might surprise us all?


One team that had a solid enough 2018/19 and seem well set to make a tilt for the title are Boro. New Jersey sports betting sites currently peg them around 9th in the overall betting at 16/1. It is a similar story around other online sportsbooks. The players will be keen to not only impress a new manager now that Tony Pulis has left but also erase the memory of last year’s poor finish which ended their playoff hopes. If the nucleus of Pulis’s side can be kept together and defensive solidity and stronger attacking instincts are shown by players, it could be a good year for Boro fans.

Stoke City

For Stoke fans, the season of 2018/19 was one to forget. Before a ball was kicked, they were heavily fancied to make an instant return to the Premier League. That did not work out as planned though and in the end manager Gary Rowett paid the price. Although new manager Nathan Jones didn’t immediately improve things, many think a few new faces over the summer and a clear-out of underperforming players will make a real difference. Jones certainly has the managerial skills to get Stoke challenging for the title and everyone around the club will be desperate to move back into the Premier League. At odds of around 11/1, they are not out of it yet.

Sheffield Wednesday

With promotion guru Steve Bruce in charge, Wednesday could well be dark horses for next year’s Championship trophy. Although they finished 12th last time around, a successful summer in the transfer market to refresh the squad could be all Bruce needs to work his magic. They are currently being given odds of around 14/1 which shows they are not that far down the betting. The strong start made under Bruce’s reign in 2018/19 gives them the perfect platform to build from for next season.

What about Barnsley?!

It would be amazing to think that Barnsley could bag the Championship title in their first season back next year. With Daniel Stendel in charge and a feel-good factor around the club, anything is possible. However, it does seem that the team will have a season establishing themselves again before pushing for this. The 2019/20 Championship is sure to be another exciting one and, like Norwich last year could be won by a team outside of the betting favourites.