Thierno Barry: Beveren star striker should top multiple summer transfer shopping lists

Beveren recently announced that star striker Thierno Barry had signed a new deal with the club that runs until the summer of 2025. Since joining the club from FC Sochaux B in the summer the striker has taken the Challenger Pro League by storm. In 25 league games he has scored an impressive 15 goals as well as laying on four assists. The striker has scored a number of high quality goals that have caught the eye.

At just 20-years-old, Barry is showing an immense amount of promise. With his towering height as well, he has proven to be a handful for many sides in the second tier. Playing alongside the experienced Dieumerci Mbokani as well, the striker has one of the best in the business to learn from.

Despite signing a new deal, Beveren will not be fooled into thinking that the striker won’t move on should they fail to gain promotion. This new contract means they can get the maximum return for the striker, as with only one side gaining promotion the chances of getting into the top flight remain in the balance. The side are currently three points behind leaders RWDM, who they will face on the 16th of April in what will surely be a decisive game for which of those two sides will gain promotion.

Should Beveren fail to gain promotion, there are a number of sides in the Pro League who are in desperate need of a striker. Mechelen are one of these, as well as Kortrijk (should they stay in the league) and OH Leuven. One side that would suit the striker would certainly be Charleroi. They have history of bringing in physical strikers like Barry and helping them develop into some of the best in the league. They helped Victor Osimhen get his first break, while also proving a great spot for Vakoun Bayo for half of the 2021/2022 season. With Bayo’s loan deal at the Zebras expiring in the summer, the side could pivot and look at Barry instead of trying to strike a deal with Watford.

Either way, the 20-year-old Frenchman is certainly one to keep an eye out on in the summer. If Beveren are promoted, they will be reliant on him to score plenty more next season to help consolidate a position in the top flight.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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