Toby Sibbick is a right-back but, due to the injury problems with Cameron McGeehan, he has started four games in central midfield, at the expense of a supremely talented midfielder by trade in Callum Styles.
Jordan Williams is a right-footed centre-back or midfielder by trade yet has played two of his three games at left-back, ahead of Dani Pinillos.
Stendel deserves plenty of trust based on what he helped the club achieve last season and there may be perfectly valid reasons behind certain decisions.
Whatever those reasons, though, one cannot help but feel it is challenging enough for this young squad, many of whom are playing at this level for the first time, to play well in their favoured position.
It might be that asking some of them to play somewhere they are not used to at a standard of football that they are not used to may be too much of a tall order – the sooner Barnsley can get 11 square pegs in 11 square holes, the better.