Barnsley: Sam Winnall pays tribute to Tykes firepower

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Sam Winnall insists Barnsley’s strikers cannot rest on their laurels because of the depth at the club.

The 25-year-old was Paul Heckingbottom’s go to man last year, netting 24 goals in the Reds’ delightful double winning season.

The Oakwell fan favourite has started more often than not this term, after recovering from his opening day injury, scoring four goals so far in the Championship. His most recent came on Saturday at Brentford and he knows he has to keep producing the goods to stay in the side.

“There are more strikers at the club [this season] and I suppose that can only be a good thing,” said Winnall. “It keeps everyone on their toes and it creates a sense of insecurity.

“You don’t feel like your place is secure in the side so you have to be at your best every week because you know you can lose your shirt the following week. Everyone wants to do that [cement their place], that’s not just strikers but everyone on the pitch.

“Everyone wants to hit that run of form and play well every week. Honestly, I don’t think that’s far away for any of us. We’re all contributing at the moment so it’s just about making that step up and finding our top form.”

It is the first taste of Championship football for the Reds’ quartet of strikers, Winnall, Marley Watkins, Tom Bradshaw and Adam Armstrong – although Armstrong has featured 15 times for Newcastle in the Premier League without bagging a goal.

The strikers have all got off the mark so far this season and Winnall believes those goals have given them the confidence they can perform at this level.

He added: “Everyone’s off the mark and done well for the club so far. For all the strikers at the club it’s our first seasons at this level. It’s good that we’re all off the mark and we’ve all scored because it gives you confidence in your own ability. Nobody believes they aren’t good enough to be at it.”