League 1

Top 5 players to look out for in League 1 – 2015/16

5)   Joe Gormley

Peterborough aren’t scared when it comes to signing unproven talent, most recently Dwight Gayle and Erhun Oztumer breaking through the non-league gates. However for the Irishman, he’s been applying his trade in the NIFL Premiership for Cliftonville FC, a distinctly unknown league for English fans. The reason for the move to Posh? Gormley netted 40 goals in all competitions last term, bettering his record the season previous of 33, so he obviously has ability that Peterborough are willing to showcase. With that sort of record, there’s no reason why we can’t be excited about him becoming a hot attacking powerhouse in the 3rd tier in the 2015/16 campaign.



4)   Billy Sharp

Returning for his 3rd spell at his Boyhood club, expect this time it’s in the 3rd tier. Sheffield United recently re-signed the 29 year old forward from Leeds after a fairly average season in the Championship. New manager Nigel Adkins said he wanted experience and that’s just what the blades have got, as Sharp has spent most of his career in the 1st and 2nd tiers of English football. He’s no stranger to goals, having found the back of the net 139 times in his 11 year professional career and by the sounds of it, he doesn’t plan to stop there. Unquestionably Sharp is of Championship quality, but his desire to play for his hometown club was high and this could be a huge factor in Sheffield United’s aims to secure promotion back to the 2nd tier. With the services’s of Sharp up top, that goal could become even more viable.



3)   George Moncur

Moncur has become somewhat of a club exemplar over the past 2 seasons at Colchester United, scoring goals and playing blinders in such important games, he’s only on the rise. Managing to keep the U’s up on the final day of last season, Moncur has also shown glimpses of his ‘big player in big games’ attitude, when he scored in similar fashion to send Colchester through to the 4th round of the FA Cup against Peterborough last December. It’s not only been his goals that have increased his reputation and gotten teams talking about him, it’s been his positive mentality and work ethic. The Essex side have done some convincing summer business so far and with the likes of George on the team, next season could be the season he excels.



2)   Daniel Bentley

Getting used to the playing style of the league above is usually always difficult for newly promoted teams,it’s been made out to be very physical and is one of the highest scoring leagues in Europe.However Southend United will have no worries going into the new season with Dan Bentley between the sticks. The 22 year old kept an astonishing 22 clean sheets last season in League Two, with a club record save rate of 48%. Astonishing. Due to his high quality performances, the Shrimpers have inevitably received lots of interest from top Championship sides, looking to add a solid confident keeper to their squads. Showing such potential so early on in his career, he’ll be hoping to carry on his splendid form into the new campaign and to frustrate a few strikers in the process.




1)   Will Grigg

Part of the highly successful MK Dons promotion squad last year, Grigg recently landed himself a move to League One new boys Wigan, departing Brentford after a frustrating 2 years at Griffin Park. Last year, the Birmingham born center forward found the back of the net on 20 occasions, showing glimpses of brilliance for most of them, proving that he’s comfortable at this level and can do the business. With a price tag of £1.2 million, Wigan will be hoping he can replicate his fine displays from last year into the campaign coming up, as the former FA Cup winners will be looking to seal their place back to the 2nd tier at the first time of asking. Grigg could prove to be a fans favourite if he adapts to his new teammates and life in Greater Manchester. The potential for a repeat from last year is likely due to Wigan already having a strong squad.



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