We posted our team by team guide a short while ago – and now we move onto what in our opinion is the top 10 signings by clubs in the division. Some good loan deals, one pricey striker and some excellent free transfers:
1. Will Grigg (Brentford to Wigan, £1m)
Grigg was on-fire last season, 22 goals in 50 for MK Dons while on loan there, and a good record for Walsall. £1m, and proven at this level – Wigan have made possibly the signing of the summer in this league!
2. Andy Williams (Swindon to Doncasster, Free Transfer)
Williams scored 25 in 88 for Yeovil a few years ago, and in his last spell for Swindon he scored 35 in 104, including 22 in 53 last season. Like Grigg, he is a natural scorer, and with the likes of Harry Forrester supplying him, I’d fancy them for a top 6 place.
3. George Green (Everton to Oldham, Free Transfer)
Green was dubbed ‘The Next Rooney’ when signed from Bradford 4 years ago. Since then, one loan spell and a load of games for the Everton youth team. He clearly has some talent, and scored a corker on debut for Tranmere. Given a good run in the team and he may well reach just a small percentage of his potential.
4. Jack Collison (Unattached to Peterborough)
Collison made over 100 appearances for West Ham and was very impressive. He is also a Wales international, but due to very bad injury problems he has not really played since the back end of the 13/14 season. He is managing their Under 21 team while getting his coaching badges, and when fit will play for the first team. A very good signing!
5. Joe Gormley (Cliftonville to Peterborough, Undisc)
Gormley is pretty much the best player in Ireland at the moment. 110 goals in 170 games in all competitions over the last four seasons – he looks a goal machine, and at 25 is a late-comer to the English leagues. Many have come across and been a success, and it is a good risk by Peterborough.
6. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth to Rochdale, Free Transfer)
Alessandra was among the top performers last season in League Two, scoring 13 goals and 25 overall in 100 games for Plymouth. His creativity and vision are among his top attributes – and a key reason in moving was to be nearer his family in the north. A good deal for both parties.
7. Max Power (Tranmere to Wigan, Free Transfer)
An impressive player in a poor team – Tranmere had back to back relegation. He scored 13 last season and 19 in over 100 games in total, but it’s hard when the team on the whole was so bad. He is better than them and rightly let his contract run out to secure a move elsewhere. Wigan will pay a fee as he is under 24, but it won’t be a huge amount. He should flourish in a better team.
8. Adam Armstrong (Newcastle to Coventry, Loan)
Arma, as he is known – is a terrific England Under 18’s striker who has bagged goals at all levels. He has made 15 appearances for Newcastle – and is the 2nd youngest player to appear for them in the Premier League. He is at a stage where he needs to ply his trade where he will get regular game time so a 6 month loan makes sense. Amazing talent, potential England starter in a few years’ time!
9. Billy Sharp (Leeds to Sheffield Utd, Free)
Sharp is very proven in League One – though he has spent the last 10 years in the Championship or higher and has a great scoring record. He is the league favourite for top scorer @ 7/1. In his last League One spell he scored 56 in 96, and in his last bout of games for Doncaster before being moved about and rarely played – 41 in 86 at Championship level. Could be the transfer to fire United back to the 2nd tier of English football.
10. Dan Crowley (Arsenal to Barnsley, Loan)
Crowley is seen as a potential superstar. He looks excellent in the Arsenal youth teams and I believe has made it onto the first team bench on the odd occasion after training with the squad. A Ball-playing midfielder who likes to get forward – one game stands out in my memory, where Arsenal U21’s scored 7, and he assisted 5 and scored the other two. He is their new Wilshere, but hopefully he goes the other way and doesn’t become a sick-note.
Thanks for reading – next up is the 10 players I think we should keep an eye out for – some top prospects!