QPR travel up north to take on Barnsley in the first of two games to take place this week. Rangers have enjoyed a lot of success over the Tykes in the last few years – winning seven of the last eight meetings. With the R’s looking to maintain that record on Tuesday night, we look at some of the opposition players to keep a close eye on at Oakwell.
- Set pieces
- Holds onto possession
Barnsley’s most dangerous player and most likely to create something out of nothing. Rangers will have to keep a close eye on the playmaker who is full of tricks but also capable of delivering a pin point cross from both open play and set pieces. The winger, who can operate on both sides, has featured in every single game for Barnsley this season and has chipped in with a goal and a few assists. If there’s one criticism of the ex-Liverpool man it’s that on occasions he tries to do it all on his own but the flip side of that is he is capable of single-handedly winning points for Paul Heckingbottom’s team.
- Work ethic
- Hold up play
Arguably the Barnsley player most likely to put the ball in the back of the net. The former Walsall man is sharp in and around the box and his clever movement and timing of runs make him a big threat when in front of goal and if he gets a chance he tends to take it. But Bradshaw is very much a penalty box forward – he’s not someone who will come deep and try to get involved in the build-up nor is he likely to drift out to the wings and go past players. This means that if he is not getting good service in to him he can become somewhat limited so it’s important Rangers cut off the supply line to him.
- Can dive into challenges
The man tasked with the job of replacing Josh Scowen and who has so far done an admirable job. Signed on a season-long-loan from Everton, the 20-year-old has shown great maturity so far in what has been a difficult start to the season for Barnsley. The central midfielder, who has represented England at youth levels, job is to break up play and distribute the ball and he obviously has the faith of manager Paul Heckingbottom as he’s started every single game this season. But the personnel of Rangers is far more experienced than the Tykes in central midfield and this could end up being a crucial factor in Tuesday night’s game.