Barnsley are currently in the thick of the League One promotion race, and are trying to hold off Sunderland, who have been resurgent in recent weeks.
The task facing the Tykes, maintaining their place in the automatic promotion spots, was recently made more difficult by the loss of Kieffer Moore. The 26-year-old striker has been ruled out for the rest of the season on medical advice following a recent head injury.
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Moore is the Oakwell club’s top scorer so far this season, with 16 league strikes to his name. His loss surely comes as a huge blow to manager Daniel Stendel, but former West Ham United and England striker and EFL on Quest pundit Dean Ashton thinks the Tykes may still be able to cope in Moore’s absence.
Speaking to Football League World, Ashton said of Barnsley’s promotion prospects without Moore: “Barnsley have shown so far with Woodrow who has come in and done superbly with his goal-scoring record that they might be alright; they’ve not really missed him!…You’d think over a longer period Barnsley would miss his goals but so far they haven’t.”
Barnsley are unbeaten in the four League One matches they’ve played so far since Moore’s injury. 24-year-old Cauley Woodrow has stepped up to the plate in that time, notching three goals in the last four games.
However, as Ashton alluded to, there is still lots of football left to play, and the Tykes may eventually feel Moore’s absence more keenly. With 11 games of the League One season left, Stendel’s side may find promotion eventually slips out of their grasp without the striker’s goals.