Barnsley: Reds boss seeks dominant figure at back

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BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft is believed to be looking to strengthen his defence with a specific brief to seek out some physicality.

The Reds ended the campaign by playing three central defenders with major attributes of mobility and pace.

Two of the three, Scott Wiseman and Tom Kennedy, are regarded as full backs converted to centre defence roles. Martin Cranie was the third centre back.

But Flitcroft might be looking to bring in a dominant centre back figure, perhaps not dissimilar in style to the type of player he has released in Stephen Foster.

Although he would ideally look for someone both good in the air and on the ground, Flitcroft may well want someone with an aerial strength who can bring a physical presence, thus adding to their defensive capabilities at set-pieces.

However, apart from the Charlton ‘disaster’ when they conceded six, the final two months of the season had seen a pretty good defensive return and in only two of the other 11 games did Barnsley concede more than a goal and they kept five blank sheets in those 11 games.

The club will reveal more deals of Flitcroft’s new deal later this week.