We are onto our final piece of the League One puzzle for our preview – here are 10 you should really look out for – some top talent as well as some proven scorers who have come back to the division
1. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough)
He was one that could have been a first teamer if his attitude was right when at Newcastle. In an interview he said that people told him he was good enough and would certainly make it there, and again himself said that after those words were said, he stopped trying as he thought it was his god-given right to make it. When Newcastle released him because of his poor mentality, Gateshead picked him up and sorted him out. 13 goals there in short succession lead to his move to current club Peterborough where he has managed 7 goals in 29 games, with many an eye catching performce. Definitely one to watch this season!
2. Leon Clarke (Bury)
Clarke is proven at this level. In his last season in the league with Coventry in the 13/14 campaign he bagged 23 in 34 games. Along with the likes of Tom Pope, Danny Nardiello and Ryan Lowe – they should keep Bury in League One.
3. Sylvain Ebanks Blake (Chesterfield)
Ex-Man Utd youth player – he has done a great job at Wolves when in the 2nd and 3rd tier of English football, with 61 goals in 177 games. Chesterfield are desperate for a scorer after Clucas and Doyle left, and he has been briefed with filling the role. He has the talent and potential to grab at least 10, if not more given good service!
4. James Maddison (Coventry)
Maddison has been linked with a summer switch to Man Utd and Tottenham – he is a very talented kid and will not be at Coventry for too much longer. He is in my opinion a sure-fire feature of a future England team, weather it be in 5 years time. He plays as a central midfielder, and has 2 goals in 18 games – but his performances are getting better by the game!
5. John Marquis (Millwall)
Marquis has been sent out on loan a lot since breaking into the Millwall first team squad when he was 17, but it’s his last one at Gillingham which has made the club sit up and take notice. 8 goals in 21 games for the striker who can operate on the wings. Millwall were set to release him, but once relegated gave him a one year extension to his current deal. He will be a key player in their push for a first time return to the Championship.
6. Matt Done (Sheff Utd)
Over the course of last season, Done scored 17 goals in 38 games for two teams. From either wing he is very dangerous and provides plenty of goals and assists. A key figure in Sheffield Utd’s title push this season.
7. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall)
For a very average Walsall team he scored 17 goals in 29 League One starts, and is a little surprising he has not been snapped up by a bigger club. With him staying with the Sadlers, I feel they are a dark horse for promotion this season, with Bradshaw among the favourites for the top scorer award come May!
8. Grant Holt (Wigan)
Like Billy Sharp, Holt is proven at this level and should be one of the top 5 or 6 scorers. A real handful for any defence – and brilliant in the air, holding up play well and bringing others into the game. Despite his age, certainly a key player in the league next season for Wigan. He has scored 78 in 168 in 4 seasons with Norwich, in which they went from League One to Premier League in succession. His season in League One – 30 goals!
9. Jack Redshaw (Blackpool)
Redshaw nearly moved last summer to Peterborough, but decided against the move and to have one more in League Two with Morecambe. He has impressed over the last season, with his highest scoring year yet, with 11 in 40 starts. At 24, he is pushing himself to go onto bigger things, and even a season at Blackpool will do him the world of good as he can show the rest of the league what he can do in what looks to be a poor team.
10. George Cooper (Crewe)
At 18, he is the next talent in a long line that has come out of the famed Crewe Alexandra academy, which includes Max Clayton and Nick Powell. He has already established himself as a key member of the first team, and has 3 goals in 22 games in a team that narrowly avoided relegation. If he keeps his feet firmly grounded and does not go after the money like so many do – he could be a Man Utd or Arsenal player in a season or two and playing for England Under 21’s. Excellent prospect – certainly one to watch!
We should have a Championship Preview up this evening!