Top 5 players to look out for in League 2 – 2015/16

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5)   Matt Tubbs

The 31 year old may be familiar with League Two however some may not know what he’s capable of. After signing permanently for Portsmouth in January, he went on to net 9 goals in a fairy substandard Pompey season.Prior, Tubbs was on loan at AFC Wimbledon from Championship side Bournemouth, where he was the one of the league’s most prolific goalscorers, with 13 in 22 games, rounding of a great season for the Salisbury born striker. Unarguably, he’s proven at this level, very consistent and has quality which most League Two teams would desire in their team. None the less he can tire very easily, whether this be from his age or from the amount of games he plays? Who knows, however he’s deadly in front of goal and will be looking to add to his 194 career goals this upcoming season with the Hampshire side. The task of staying fit will be the only obstacle for him in managing to be top scorer in the 4th tier next season. None the less, the expectation of him and the ambition Portsmouth have, he’ll no doubt be a force once again.

 

4)   Jon Stead

Cup hero for Bradford last year, Stead has swapped the Brown & Amber for the Black & White of Notts County. Newly relegated, The Magpies will be looking to bounce straight back up and signing the 32 year old shows their ambition. For the first time in his career, Jon Stead will be playing his football in the bottom tier of professional football, which some are still finding ridiculous as he still has the quality and power of a top end League One forward. Just shy of 100 career goals, he’ll be looking to step up to the plate for Notts this term, after such a successful spell at the Bantams where they managed to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup, it would be silly to think Stead won’t be able to do it on a Tuesday night in Accrington. League Two defenders will need to be in fine form.

 

 

3)   Barry Corr

Part of Southend United’s promotion winning team last season, this time out Corr has faced himself with the new challenge of helping Cambridge United achieve promotion. Finding the net 15 times in the 2014/15 campaign, he absurdly decided to stick to League Two football, making him one of the most dangerous players in the division. With the strong additions Richard Money has made this summer, the Irishman will get plenty of service allowing him to once again be a hot target-man up top for the U’s. Cambridge tussled for goals last term finishing in 19th place, so the arrival of Corr will be vital for them in reaching the 3rd tier of English football.

 

2)   Hogan Ephraim

Wycombe Wanderers will be looking to go one step better next year after their Wembley heartache at the hands of Southend in May and with the Pacey and Technical Hogan Ephraim on board, they’re set on their way for success. The 27 year old played the 2nd half of Wycombe’s season last year, yet in that time he managed several assists and tore Right Backs apart. Having played for 8 other teams in his career, he has valuable experience which is needed to gain promotion, as adapting to the league above can be difficult for teams.Having slipped down the ranks in recent years; coming from West ham, this season will be the perfect time to revitalize his career and show off his undying potential, which a portion of people saw in the Play-Off final. Undoubtedly he’ll be The Chairboys key asset after selling Alfie Mawson to Barnsley.

 

1)   Dean Cox

Some are keen on contemplating how he’s even in this division yet some are excited to see what damage he’ll do. Having been relegated from League One with Leyton Orient last year, Cox committed his future to the club by signing a new 2 year extension meaning he’ll be playing in the bottom tier of professional football. His quality has shown in the past, with Cardiff, Brighton and several other Championship clubs all have shown interest in the winger during the last 2 transfer windows. In the 5 years he’s spent in East London he’s managed 51 goals and over 60 assists, clearly proving how devastating he’ll be for Orient next season down the left hand side. With a strong O’s squad, Dean will be hoping for a blistering season in which he embarrasses Right Back’s and assists his new front two, Paul McCallum & Ollie Palmer.

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