Two Replacements For Andy Yiadom Who Barnsley Can Target
Andy Yiadom is a subject of interest from Premier League club Swansea City and if that comes to fruition, the South Yorkshire side will be in need of a new full-back.
Yiadom was excellent last season and along with Middlesbrough’s Cyrus Christie, and Huddersfield’s Tom Smith, showed himself up to be one of the top right-backs in this division. Excellent replacements are not easy to come by but here are two viable options for Paul Heckingbottom to consider.
Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Having spent most of last season covering at left-back for Wolves, we have not seen Doherty to best effect in recent times.
The Molineux side’s largesse in the transfer market is well documented and it will become increasingly difficult for Doherty to get a regular game this season and I’m sure he could do without spending the next two years of his career on the bench.
The Dubliner played for the Republic of Ireland at under-19 and under-21 level and has the capabilities to break into the national side, but only if he plays regular football at a good level. Barnsley could offer a relatively safe environment in terms of the threat of relegation and this would not be a bad move for the 25-year-old.
Taylor Moore (Bristol City)
A slightly different option here; Moore is just 20 years old and very much one for the future. Born in Walthamstow but starting his career over in France with Lens, the full-back has played both Ligue1 and Ligue2 as well as having made 26 first team appearances in a breakthrough season last time with both City and Bury on loan in League One.
Moore has tons of potential, just like Yiadom, and so in that sense, is more of a like-for-like replacement, meaning Barnsley can still have a full-back capable of bigger things in future. A lot would depend on Moore’s willingness to move of course but assuming Barnsley can offer a more attractive passage than Bristol City, anything is possible.
Bristol City are certain to demand a reasonable fee for him, but whatever money potentially comes in from Swansea for Yiadom would be reinvested I’m sure. Depending on how successful Barnsley are in building the rest of their squad, the Tykes may yet represent a better outside chance of playoff football in the Championship.