League One and League Two Key Transfers and Moves by Stattobets Dave - free write up
Stattobets Dave shares his thoughts on the various transfers and moves in League One and League Two and how it might affect the way we approach certain betting opportunities post January 2020.
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League Two - Key Moves
Deadline day is always a pretty massive day – while everyone is getting excited about the latest £85m Premier League rumour, arguably the teams who can be impacted the most are in the lower reaches of the Football League. Sides are very often bringing in new players for a second half push, or flushing out the squad when budgets are tight – there is much more potential for a big change in performances. With so many ins and outs I thought I’d help my thought process for the weeks ahead by reviewing very briefly some of the sides with key movements in or out. Why not share it with you?
Bradford – Eoin Doyle returned briefly from his loan at Swindon but has now moved back the Robins. Massive for Swindon and probably the best outcome for all concerned as he didn’t look like he wanted to return to his parent club. Lee Novak has come in up front, but James Vaughan has left. Luke McGee has joined on-loan from Portsmouth.
Carlisle – busy enough with Lewis Alessandra joining from Morecambe, and a number of players dropping down from League One sides and Premier League U23 sides on loan.
Crewe – Stephen Walker in on loan from Middlesbrough should be good for both parties.
Forest Green Rovers – Rob Hall in from Oxford on loan looks a decent acquisition and he’s come in with a crop of other less proven players including Odin Bailey (Birmingham) and Jevani Brown (Colchester). Kyle Taylor and Joe Wollacott both returned from their loans to their parent clubs earlier in the month.
Morecambe – brining in Toumani Diagourage should strengthen them up and they’ve brought in a bunch of other players on-loan and look keen to avoid the drop.
Oldham – Really busy, bringing in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan from Man United, Carl Piergianni from Salford, Christian N’Guessan has started well from Burnley and Danny Rowe is a proven goal-scorer who should relish the step up which looked like it might elude him. I’m expected further improvements from Oldham for sure.
Salford – very busy with Bruno Andrade in from Lincoln perhaps the best move. James Wilson has joined from Aberdeen as well which looks a decent move – big things were certainly predicted for him. George Tanner has swapped Morecambe for Salford for his latest loan, and Michael O’Connor moves down from League One. Really good business in my view.
Scunthorpe – Lee Novak leaving is an obvious loss. He’s joined Bradford.
Swindon – biggest story of the window. First they lost Doyle. Then they lost Jerry Yates back to Rotherham. Then Jerry Yates signed up for another stint. Then Doyle signed on a permanent deal! Should go great guns again now and have a real push at winning the title. I’d be over the moon with the ambition if I was a Robins fan.
League One - Key Transfers
Here are a few of the key moves in League One
Bolton – Ethan Hamilton has come in from United and Kean Bryan from Sheffield United. Toto Nsiala should do a competent job from Ipswich. They have lost Josh Earl back to Preston, Jake Wright back to Sheffield United, Liam Bridcutt to Nottingham Forest, and Thibaud Verlinden back to Stoke. Plenty of challenges ahead.
Sunderland – Aiden McGeady situation resolved (at least for now) as he joins Charlton on loan, while Kyle Lafferty definitely a good signing in from Sarpsborg 08. Bailey Wright is also a statement of intent who should do well, and the same is true of Josh Scowen.
Doncaster – Devante Cole can score goals in this division so should be a welcome addition of note. Not a great deal stands out in the other business.
Peterborough – spent big on bringing in Jack Taylor and it sounds like he’s settled in well and stepping up in class nicely. Reece Brown has bolstered midfield from Huddersfield and Sammie Szmodics is good enough to do well in League One. Marcus Maddison going to Hull is a big loss though – probably the best player to leave the division this window.
Blackpool – things looking up now for the club and they have been really busy. Gary Madine is probably the biggest name in, while a host of other players have dropped down for the Championship so they can probably expect an uptick in results.
Fleetwood – Callum Connolly has swapped Lincoln for Fleetwood, and is more than capable at this level. Should strengthen them for the second half of the campaign.
Oxford – Brining on Nathan Holland and Liam Kelly, as well as Marcus Brown continues to show that Karl Robinson wants to play attacking football and they have already enjoyed a tremendous season. They are definite title challengers but need to finally get out of all the injury problems they have had. Shandon Baptise and Tariqe Fosu both joined Brentford though and that’s a huge loss in my view.
Southend – Nathan Bishop joining Man United might have left Liverpool and Manchester City laughing, but its not great news for the Shrimpers. This one came out of the blue, but won’t help them. They’ve also lost Tom Hooper to Lincoln.
AFC Wimbledon – Marcus Forss was top scorer and left earlier in the month for Brentford. You get the feeling the Bees are snapping up all the top performers from League One ready to sell back to the Championship in a season or so.
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