Barnsley man emerges on the Luton Town radar
Luton Town are interested in a summer move for former academy graduate and Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow, as per a Twitter update from The Telegraph's Mike McGrath.
The Tweet states that the Yorkshire club have given the forward permission to speak to the Championship outfit over a possible deal.
With Barnsley heading to League One, Ipswich Town have already been credited with an interest in Woodrow, however, a move to Kenilworth Road would represent an immediate second-tier return.
Spending time with Tottenham Hotspur and Buckhurst Hill during his academy days, Woodrow joined the Hatters' youth set-up as a 13-year-old, progressing well through the ranks before making his first-team debut aged just 16, 12 days after his birthday.
Two months after his first-team debut, and following a couple more cameo appearances within the senior set-up, he was included in the England U17's squad for a tournament in Portugal.
Continuing on this upward trajectory, Premier League club Fulham agreed an initial six-figure deal in March, which could have exceeded the seven-figure mark if various add-ons were met, to sign the forward, with the Hatters still operating in the fifth tier of English football at that time.
Spending eight years with the Cottagers, which included four separate loan spells away from the club, Barnsley agreed a permanent deal for Woodrow in the summer of 2019.
Playing a big role in the Tykes' promotion back to the Championship during the 2018/19 campaign, where they finished runners-up to Luton, Woodrow continued to impress in the higher division, playing an integral part in their own version of the great escape, before forming a strong relationship with Daryl Dike as the Tykes made the play-offs.
However, the 2021/22 campaign was a difficult one at Oakwell, both for the club and for Woodrow, with the 27-year-old missing a significant part of the season through injury.
Type of player
Facing Luton quite often over the last few seasons whilst at Barnsley, his movement never fails to impress. Possessing high levels of intelligence and selflessness, he can often come inside in search of the ball, allowing teammates to gamble in behind, whilst he can also switch things up and go in behind for the purposes of switching things up.
Part of the reason why he is often found dropping deeper and looking to link the play lies in his progressive abilities. Woodrow can carve defences open with his excellent passing range and he is also someone who develops strong partnerships with his other forwards.
The 27-year-old's ability to read the game and intelligently contribute could make him an ideal strike partner to Elijah Adebayo.
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