5) Cody McDonald
Gillingham could be the surprise package in League 1 this season with Justin Edinburgh at the helm; they have made some excellent signings, whilst also keeping hold of key players. One of those key players is star striker Cody McDonald, who tallied up 16 goals in the league last time around and he would certainly like to improve on that. The ex-Coventry City striker joined the Gills permanently in 2013 after two very successful loan spells at the Kent club, becoming an instant hit with the fans at the Priestfield Stadium. With Gillingham potentially looking for a play-off spot this campaign, McDonald will be the player relied on to score the goals – and he definitely has the ability to provide again. The 29-year-old could be in contention to become the top goalscorer in League 1 for the 2015/16 season with the help from Bradley Dack, Doug Loft and Jake Hessenthaler all of whom racked up 8 assists each last season. Don’t bet against Cody.
4) Andy Williams
Andy Williams shocked us all when he fired home 21 league goals for Swindon Town last season, but the 28-year-old now plies his trade for Doncaster Rover after signing on a free transfer, in what appears to be the deal of the summer where League 1 is concerned. Williams wasn’t really tipped to do as well as he did during the 2014/15 season, however the English forward is now expected to live up to the billing and continue on his success with Donny. Paul Dickov, the manager of Doncaster, has said the striker will score at least 20 goals and could be a strong bet to better himself and become the league’s top goalscorer. With his goals, Williams will hope to guide his team into the play-offs and beyond. There’s a reason why this hot property was being tracked by the division’s top clubs.
3) Tom Bradshaw
After netting 20 goals in all competitions for Walsall last season, Tom Bradshaw is highly regarded as the starlet of the Saddlers’ team. Injury-stricken Bradshaw sat out of 17 fixtures in the league for Walsall due to a reoccurring hamstring problem, but he still managed to total up an impressive figure of 17 goals. Before last season, Bradshaw played for Walsall’s rivals Shrewsbury Town but was never really seen as a consistent scorer. If the 23-year-old can stay fit throughout the season he should be seen as a really strong candidate to become the league’s top goalscorer.
2) Will Grigg
At the end of the 2014/15 season, most people anticipated that Will Grigg would make a permanent switch to MK Dons after a fantastic year on loan, helping them reach the Championship for the first time in their history. Grigg, who is no stranger to scoring goals in League 1, didn’t return to the Dons, but instead he signed for Wigan Athletic from Brentford, meaning he would once again be playing in the third tier of English football. The 24-year-old forward hit home 20 league goals for MK Dons plus a magnificent brace against Manchester United, where the Buckinghamshire side prevailed to a shock 4-0 victory. Grigg didn’t come cheap though for Wigan, he cost the Latics £1.2million, however they won’t pay too much attention to that price tag if he becomes the League 1 top goalscorer and fires Wigan back up to the Championship. A likely outcome.
1) Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp, a player who knows what it takes to find the back of the net, returns to Sheffield United for the third time in his career. The experience striker has predominately played in the Championship throughout his career, but he will be back playing in League 1 for the first time since 2007. In that season, Sharp scored 30 goals for Scunthorpe United and 23 the year before that. If you ever need a goalscorer, you should probably take a look at Sharp. Over the last few seasons, however, the 29-year-old has struggled to score, maybe suggesting to why the forward has dropped down a league to re-join his hometown club. The ex-Leeds United player has scored a tremendous total of 147 goals in his career, something he would certainly like to increase. Partnered with Matt Done, who could also be in with a shout for League’s 1 top goalscorer, the Blades will be lethal and frightening in attack. With his top finishing and being a key man in a strong Sheffield United team, it is hard to look past Sharp as potentially being League 1’s top goalscorer in the 2015/16 season.