11 up!

Last updated : 05 August 2017 By Rob Miles

Barnsley have made their second purchase in the space of 24 hours and 11th of the summer with the arrival of Matty Pearson from Accrington Stanley.

The 24 year old is 6”3 and can play either in midfield or at fullback which is fuelling speculation that he could be a like for like replacement for Andy Yiadom who has rejected a new contract amid Premier League interest.

Despite being predominately employed to stop goals going in Pearson has also shown he has an eye for producing at the other end of the field after netting 12 times in 103 appearances for Stanley, including nine last season as his side finished 13th in League Two.

Pearson started his career with Blackburn Rovers as a 10 year old and signed his first professional contract in 2011 (at which point they were a Premier League club)

He failed to appear for the Ewood Park outfit however and after a loan spell at Lincoln City he joined Rochdale in the summer of 2012.

He failed to really impress at Spotland and following a loan with FC Halifax he joined them permanently in 2013, making his permanent debut alongside Marc Roberts who went on to captain Barnsley before leaving for Birmingham this summer.

Pearson managed to establish himself with the then National League side and this earned him a return back to the Football League with Accrington in 2015.

The fee taking Pearson to Oakwell is (as always these days) undisclosed but Accrington have revealed it is a record sale for them with some reporting that it could eventually reach just under £1m. Pearson has appeared for England Under 18s during his career and also played for England C in September 2013.