Barnsley travel to the Ricoh Arena this weekend looking to keep up with the early pace-setters, but in their way stand a Coventry City buoyed by a fine win against Oxford last weekend.
They were spurred to victory by former Portsmouth striker Conor Chaplin, a late capture in the transfer window. He’s looking to replace prolific forward Marc McNulty who left for Reading at the beginning of the summer.
Barnsley’s assistant coach Andreas Winkler has revealed that Chaplin was a target for the Tykes as they too looked to replace a departing striker, Tom Bradshaw who joined Millwall.
“We wanted to sign Conor Chaplin here in Barnsley but now he is at Coventry,” said Winkler, “He was very close to coming to us. We know his skills, he is very pacy and tricky and creative.”
Barnsley are currently third in the early League One tables, four points behind the leaders, Peterborough United. They face second place Portsmouth this weekend, offering the Tykes a chance to catch one of them up.
A result is so important this weekend because Barnsley know that one of the sides above them will drop points. Both could.
It’s clever mentioning Chaplin being close to a move to Oakwell too, it is surely aimed at unsettling the striker ahead of the game. it won’t work of course, but it doesn’t hurt to try.