Could these players cut it at a higher level?
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As we reach March, scouts for Championship and Premier League sides will be assessing potential signings from the lower leagues. This article will look at the potential talents who lie in League One and League Two whom may find they’re being targeted during the summer.
Elliott Bennett – Brighton & Hove Albion – 22 – Attacking Midfielder
Eleven Assists and Four Goals have propelled the former Wolves youngster onto the radar of several scouts in the higher leagues. Signing a Four-Year contract in November may only add to his market value rather than prove his loyalty to the club. Versatile enough to play on the wing or as an attacking midfielder, Bennett combines confident dribbling, solid pace and consistent crossing which has led to Ashley Barnes and Glenn Murray bagging twenty-six goals between them.
Will Hoskins – Bristol Rovers – 24 – Striker
Hoskins was prolific at Rotherham and is prolific once more at Bristol Rovers despite being in a struggling side. Fifteen league goals this season endorse this. His move to Watford thrust him into the Premier league in January 2007 arguably too soon. But now with the confidence of goals from all types of areas and added maturity, Hoskins could well prove a valuable asset to any Championship side who needs goals to propel them to the Premier League.
Charlie Daniels – Leyton Orient – 24 – Left Back
Daniels’ has grown into an excellent player at Brisbane Road. Born in Harlow and a product of the Tottenham academy, Daniels had become an integral part of Leyton Orient’s push for the play-offs and outstanding home record. Adept going forwards and backwards, Daniels continues to impress. His set-pieces have become a frequent source of goals for the O’s. The eleven assists are the clearest advocate of this.
Adam Le Fondre – Rotherham – 24 – Striker
Twenty Goals this season from le Fondre have propelled Rotherham into promotion contention. A product of the ever reliable youth academy at Crewe, le Fondre has a scoring record of just over one in two (80goals in 168games) during the last four seasons (two at Rochdale, two at Rotherham). A step up from League Two is surely inevitable, even if Rotherham don’t achieve promotion. He may well prove a reliable asset of for any Championship side, especially with his best years yet to come.
Greg Tansey – Stockport County – 22 – Midfielder
The worst team in the football league may have produced a very handy midfielder. Tansey has established himself as a regular in the side and received the Player of the Month in December 2010. His passing is competent and he has begun to add goals to his game. Will need time to mature, but may be worth a punt for any higher league side.
Whilst this list isn’t exhaustive and will no doubt omit some persons. I feel that these players, who I’ve watched in the flesh at some point or another in the season, look like they could cut it at a higher level. It also doesn’t include players older than 25, this list is meant to show players who could improve their game as they mature at a higher level.