Barnsley v Newcastle United: Three dangermen Rafa Benitez's side must keep quiet

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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Newcastle United travel to South Yorkshire tonight to face a Barnsley side without a win in any of their last five Championship games.

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The Tykes will be without striker Adam Armstrong, who is not allowed to face his parent club, but still have players to threaten Rafa Benitez’s side.

Here we look at the three men most likely to derail the promotion bandwagon.

Adam Hammill:

The versatile Hammill is comfortable on the right or left flank or in an attacking midfield role.

The former Liverpool academy star rejoined Barnsley for a third time last November from Newcastle’s fellow Championship high-fliers Huddersfield Town.

The 28-year-old winger has made 13 appearances and scored twice in the league this season, having been pivotal in promotion via the play-offs, and scored in the final against Millwall at Wembley, last term.

With Hammill loving to run at defenders, Rafa Benitez's back-line will need to be at their tightest to keep him under control.

Marley Watkins:

Watkins can play as an attacking midfielder or on either wing, and struck after just four minutes against Fulham at the weekend.

The former Inverness CT playmaker is the product of the Swansea City academy and has a wealth of experience.

Watkins, 26, is in his second season with the Tykes, having won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs last term, delivering eight goals and nine assists along the way.

Sam Winnall:

Barnsley’s goal threat tonight is likely to come from joint top scorer Winnall.

The striker has scored three goals this season – the latest of them in Barnsley’s last outing against Fulham.

The 25-year-old bagged 21 goals in the Tykes’ promotion push last season and is in his third season at Barnsley after his goals for Scunthorpe United helped land him a move to South Yorkshire.

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