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Scouting report - Rob Phillips, BBC Wales on Barnsley's Tom Bradshaw

Posted on 19 September 2017  - 09:15

Tom Bradshaw has three goals in two matches in the Carabao Cup, five already to his name in all competitions this season and was on target when Barnsley booked their place at Wembley against Derby in the second round. He's also a Welsh international - so Rob Phillips, the voice of Welsh football at BBC Wales, has given us his insight alongside Colin Calderwood, our former defender and reserve team manager now assistant boss at Villa, who played Barnsley on Saturday...

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Tom Bradshaw

- Shrewsbury-born, started his career with the Shrews before move to Walsall in 2014
- Scored 40 goals in 86 appearances at Walsall
- Joined Barnsley in 2016, scored eight goals last season
- Capped at Under-19 and U21 levels for Wales, won only senior cap so far against Ukraine in 2016

Rob Phillips
Football Correspondent, BBC Wales

"Tom Bradshaw is one of those players who seems to know where the goal is, I’ll say that for him. Every time I’ve seen him play, he makes the right runs to score goals and he always hits the target, always works the goalkeeper. You can’t take liberties with him because he knows how to score goals.

"He has one cap for Wales against Ukraine and in the Wales set up, you have Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes as the principle strikers and then there are players like Marley Watkins at Norwich City and Tom who are the younger players coming through. He’s yet to prove himself at that level and he needs to continue doing well for Barnsley. Who knows then? If we get to the World Cup, he might just make it. He was close to the Euros last summer but picked up an injury, he would have been touch and go.

"I read a few quotes from him when Barnsley won through against Derby and he’s really excited to play Spurs at Wembley. He’s one to watch, definitely."

Below: Bradshaw in action for Wales

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Colin Calderwood
Former Spurs defender (1993-99) and reserve team manager
Assistant manager, Aston Villa

"Tom Bradshaw is a strong centre forward, he can play, his movement is very good and he’s clinical in front of goal. He’s calm. He very rarely misses the target."