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Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson praises Tyrone Barnett

Tyrone Barnett
Barnett is in his first season as a professional footballer

Boss Gary Simpson says Macclesfield might struggle to keep hold of striker Tyrone Barnett after he impressed in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Southend.

The 25-year-old summer signing from Hednesford has had a good season, and scored four goals in 18 games.

Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester: "If there's been a better centre forward performance this season I haven't seen it. He has made huge strides.

"If he keeps playing like that we'll struggle to keep hold of him."

He added: "He's playing against defenders five or six inches bigger than him and he's beating them in the air."

Simpson also added he has seen a number of scouts at the Moss Rose in recent weeks assessing his squad.

When questioned whether they were watching Barnett he replied: "There's been a lot of people watching so if they're coming to watch and not looking at him I don't know who they're watching."

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