Barnsley: Uncertainty over future of defender Andy Yiadom

Owls Lucas Joao with Reds Andy Yiadom....Pic Steve Ellis

Owls Lucas Joao with Reds Andy Yiadom....Pic Steve Ellis

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Defender Andy Yiadom is the latest Barnsley player to be linked with a move away from the club.

The Ghanaian international starred for the Reds in his first campaign in Championship football.

Yiadom made 33 appearances as he helped the Oakwell club to a respectable mid-table finish in their first season back in the second tier, after joining on a free transfer from League Two side Barnet in the summer.

The player missed a stint in the middle of the season on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, before a dislocated shoulder curtailed his campaign early.

Yiadom is a full-back who predominantly plays on the right-hand side of the Reds’ defence and he is as dangerous going forward as he is studious at the back.

And those qualities are what have reportedly caught the eye of potential suitors.

Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has said he expects offers to come in for his players this summer and Yiadom is one who could become the source of major interest after an impressive season.

Championship rivals Derby County are reportedly monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation as he enters the final year of a two-year deal.

However, there could be Premier League opposition in the form of Swansea City and Burnley if reports are to be believed.

Welsh side Swansea previously raided the Reds for centre-back Alfie Mawson in a £5million move last summer.

Clubs are also reportedly keen on captain Marc Roberts, but it is understood there are no bids currently in for any Barnsley players.

Heckingbottom himself has been linked with the vacant Sunderland job in recent days and is the joint fifth favourite among the bookies for the role.

Meanwhile, Angus MacDonald’s charity bike ride gets underway today.

The Reds’ defender is cycling 200 miles from Paris to London to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK.

His sister Sophie suffers from the condition and it is the second time the 24-year-old has got his cycling shoes on for the charity after doing the London to Brighton ride last year.