2 Barnsley players facing an uncertain few weeks

After a three-year stint in English football’s second division, Barnsley return to League One for the 2022/23 season.

The aftermath of Valerien Ismael’s departure to West Bromwich Albion was disastrous after the Tykes’ surprise play-off finish in 2020-21, when Markus Schopp and then Poya Asbaghi ​​struggled to put together a winning streak.

In the end, Barnsley won just six games all season to finish bottom of the Championship table and they are now looking for a new manager thanks to Asbaghi’s departure at the end of April.

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Even without a manager or head coach, some Tykes players could make some big decisions over the next few weeks when the transfer window officially opens on June 10 – let’s take a look at who might be thinking about their future.

Roman Palmer

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The Tykes hierarchy didn’t sack too many players prior to this summer, and one person who will soon be out of contract and want to keep is Palmer.

The 23-year-old joined the club’s academy at Oakwell in 2016 after being sacked by Manchester City and it was four years before the midfielder made his debut, which came in June 2020.

He then played 34 times in the league under Valerien Ismael as the club reached the play-offs, but last season was something of a learning curve as he was the most experienced player in the engine room despite being just 23 years old.

A local reporter described his campaign as “tough” and it’s easy to see why, but relegation to League One could make Palmer a better player.

However, he has to sign the offered contract first – a new one was turned down last summer and if he turns down the last deal the club gave him it looks like Palmer is on the move.

Cauley Woodrow

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Barnsley skipper Woodrow, who has one year left on his contract, could be on the road this summer.

Speculation over the 27-year-old has already begun as the Tykes’ new division rivals Ipswich Town are said to have included the ex-Fulham man in their transfer shortlist.

Woodrow only scored four league goals for Barnsley last season but underwent knee surgery mid-season, which may have been a reason for his poor performance.

He’s been scoring double-digit goals every other season for Barnsley before the last so he’s clearly a key player but if he doesn’t want to renew his contract and makes an offer to Ipswich then he could be on the road.

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