This morning Barnsley Football Club announced that striker, Kieffer Moore has been sidelined through injury for the remainder of the season. This is a big blow to the club with the striker scoring 18 goals this season in 31 appearances. However, there are plenty of scoring options for manager Daniel Stendel to call upon.
There is no doubt that Moore is a quality striker who knows where the net is at League One level. He is a big strong player who can play up top on his own and hold the play up for the midfielders but he has regularly played in a 4-4-2 system alongside Cauley Woodrow.
This partnership with Woodrow has developed well over the season with at least one of the strikers scoring in games. The nature of this partnership is probably why today’s announcement is hard to take for Barnsley supporters. As the club nears the final push for promotion, having your two strikers fit and scoring is vital if you want to gain automatic promotion and avoid the dreaded play-offs.
However, having watched the Tykes several times this season the team have been much more than just about the strikers. With goals coming from midfield with the likes of Brown, Mowatt, Thiam and McGeehan the goals do get shared out amongst the side. Manager Stendel has played Thiam in a forward role this season using his pace to good effect on the counter attack and there is also Victor Adeboyejo to come into the side if needed. January signing Jordan Green may get some game time now that Moore is unavailable.
There is no doubt that the team spirit within the squad is sky high under Stendel. The squad will need all that spirit as they enter the final months of the season. Assistant coach Dale Tonge said that despite being disappointed in being ruled out for the season, Moore will be an important squad member in the dressing room.
Tonge said “As you can imagine, he’s massively disappointed, but he’s been in and around the dressing room with the boys and giving support where needed. He’s a leader within the group, so still having him there and around has given the boys a lift and I think it will help with the togetherness moving forward.”
The hope is that Barnsley keep the 4-4-2 system that has been used to such good effect so far this season with the side scoring plenty of goals. Whoever comes in the side to replace the injured Moore, will receive plenty of service from the midfield which is arguably one of the best in the division at the minute.
Barnsley have managed without Moore previously due to injury and their form has not suffered as a result. Despite this news being a shock, it does not necessarily mean it stalls the reds promotion charge.