LATEST UPDATE : Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Bristol City are now pushing hard to sign Barnsley top attacker

Carlton Palmer has been talking about the future of Barnsley attacker Devante Cole. Despite winning a dramatic five-goal game in the second leg of their play-off semi-final on Tuesday night, Barnsley will play in League One again next season.

Sam Cosgrove’s brace and Adam Phillips’ strike helped them win 3-2 away to Bolton Wanderers, but the damage had already been done in the first leg.

The Trotters had won the first tie 3-1 at Oakwell, thus despite Tuesday’s outcome, they went to Wembley with a 5-4 aggregate win.

Bolton will now face Oxford United at Wembley Stadium on May 18 to determine which club will compete in the Championship next season and which will not play the Tykes in 2024-25.

Devante Cole’s future at Barnsley remains uncertain. Barnsley face a difficult situation with striker Devante Cole after failing to win promotion and with his contract set to expire this summer.

The 29-year-old scored 18 goals in League One this season, but he is now available on a free transfer and could leave in the summer.

various clubs have previously expressed interest in his signing, so he may have various options.

Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Swansea City, and Stoke City were among the Championship clubs rumored to be interested in the striker.

Carlton Palmer talks on Devante Cole’s Barnsley future.
With this in mind, we questioned former England international midfielder and analyst Carlton Palmer about Cole’s future prospects.

Palmer made it clear that he feels the 29-year-old will leave this summer.

“Devante Cole, Barnsley’s talented striker is out of contract this summer, and with Barnsley failing to get promoted, they will struggle now to keep Devante on,” Palmer stated in an interview with FLW.

“I would be very shocked if Devante signed a new contract with Barnsley.

“The striker scored 16 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions last season and has improved his personal performance this season.

“He’s been a key player for Barnsley again this season, scoring 18 goals in 49 games. Clubs such as Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Swansea City, Bristol City, Hull, and Cardiff have already expressed interest in Devante, and I expect a queue for his services.

“Barnsley could only have maintained Devante Cole if they had been promoted back to the Championship. So, back-to-back failures in play-off situations last year and this year will be the end of Devante’s career, and he’ll be moving on to greener pastures.”

Carlton Palmer: Stoke would be a good fit for Cole. Palmer believes Cole’s style of play makes him a strong match for Stoke City.

“It will be interesting to see where he ends up because he’s a very direct player, he’s big, he’s strong,” Palmer stated.

“I’m wondering if Stoke City is the type of place he could go. The boss prefers large, rangy centre forwards who can run off the last man’s shoulder.

“With Stoke set to lose Tyrese Campbell, this could be a very good replacement for Stoke City.”

With Cole’s contract expiring soon, it will be intriguing to see what club he ends up at this summer, assuming he does leave Barnsley.

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