Barnsley manager Neill Collins has revealed that midfielder Callum Styles remains in his plans despite interest from the Championship, after speaking to Barnsley Chronicle ahead of their game on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Hungarian international has been amidst transfer rumours with Coventry City and Bristol City interested, with a £2 million release clause in the player’s contract. However, Collins has confirmed the player is still training with the club and called the rumour of a move away “social media stories”.
A Strong Start
Following a disappointing end to last season with heartbreak in the League One playoff final, the Tykes used that result as motivation to begin the season with a 7-0 thrashing against Port Vale on the opening day.
After many changes over the summer that included former manager Michael Duff leaving for Swansea City, Barnsley remains one of the favourites to gain promotion to the Championship and demonstrated that with their impressive start to the season.
Returns On The Horizon?
Along with former Sheffield United man Collins speaking about Styles’ future, he also had positive news with the return of Adam Phillips from suspension. Phillips received a red card early in the second half during the playoff final to Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley, and with the suspension rolling over to the new year, he is now set to return in some capacity against Peterborough United.
New signing Corey O’Keeffe is also close to making his debut with the club, however, may have to wait a bit longer following a thigh injury.
What’s Been Said:
Speaking ahead of Barnsley’s midweek game against Posh, manager Collins spoke about the importance of Styles in his team and what the return of Phillips can do to his team selection.
“One of the things I can’t believe in this country after coming back is the kudos people put on social media stories.
“I want him (Callum Styles) here. I am a coach that wants to be successful and Callum is a top player. He’s shown great quality and we can get even more out of him.
“We’re so pleased to have him (Adam Phillips) back. He was an integral part of everything that happened last year. But we have to be fair to the lads who have done well. Jon Russell came back early from his holiday because the team needed him. Callum Styles and Herbie Kane have been excellent.
“Adam brings competition to one area of the squad and I am sure he will be an important player for us this season. We need to have good players who don’t start all the time. That’s meant to be the principle of strength in depth.
“Adam coming back gives me at least a decision to make on that front. Sometimes you want those decisions.”
Keeping Styles would be big for Barnsley’s promotion chances this season, however, it may be out of their hands with a release clause tempting the Championship clubs. We know after leaving on loan last season for Millwall that the player would like to play at that level, so if he gets the opportunity there’s no denying he could take it.