Barnsley Chasing Award-Winning Goalkeeper

Barnsley are interested in signing former Derby County goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith this summer, according to journalist Adam Oxley.

Wildsmith, who played a crucial role as the Rams achieved automatic promotion to the Championship, won the League One golden glove last season keeping 20 clean sheets in the process.

The former Sheffield Wednesday shot-stopper, who played twice for Barnsley in a loan spell back in 2015, was a surprise departure from Pride Park following the conclusion of the campaign, after failing to agree on a new contract. He has though, perhaps unsurprisingly, gathered interest upon becoming a free agent.

According to BBC Sheffield’s Adam Oxley there is interest from the Barnsley hierarchy for Wildsmith to be brought back to Oakwell ahead of the upcoming season and that it is ‘one to keep an eye on for Reds fans’.

Barnsley are in need of a new permanent first choice keeper following the expiration of Liam Roberts successful loan spell from Middlesbrough. Roberts was later released by his parent club but there has been little to suggest Barnsley are pursuing a permanent move for the 29-year-old who played 40 times for the Reds last season.

Instead, they are chasing a more proven top-level League One number one Joe Wildsmith, a man who has experience in England U21 squads and is approaching 200 appearances in the EFL. He is on an impressive run of 360 minutes since he last conceded a goal following four consecutive clean sheets to see out his time at Derby.

Writer’s View:

Joe Wildsmith is a top-quality goalkeeper for any side in the third tier, and maybe even beyond, but he has somehow found himself without a club despite such an imperious season between the sticks for Paul Warne’s side. For a goalkeeper a number one priority is to be settled and to be playing minutes week in week out, and at Derby Wildsmith had that, making it even more of a shock that the two split back in May.

One club’s loss is another’s gain though, and Barnsley will be hoping to pull off what would be a seriously smart piece of business for the Yorkshire-based club. If they can get a free agent deal over the line for a recent promotion winner it could well be one of the catalysts they need to go on and achieve their goal for the upcoming campaign, which will undoubtedly be promotion to the Championship after making the play-offs in back-to-back seasons.






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