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DAN THE FAN: Looking back into League Two
A month after being crowned League Two Champions, the transfer market across all the football league is now starting to warm up with every day that goes by.
Preston have wasted no time in signing players, with Graham Westley already bringing in eleven new faces including Town target Lee Holmes.
In a press conference on Wednesday, manager Paolo Di Canio commented that he is looking to bring in at least 7-8 new players to make sure we are ready for the challenge of League One football this upcoming season.
Today, I'll be looking back into League Two to look at some of the players that could play at a higher level next season.
In defence there are a number of players from League Two that could make the step up for this upcoming season, one of the best examples Elliott Hewitt has already moved clubs, from relegated Macclesfield to Championship side Ipswich.
Clovis Kamdjo – Barnet.
This inclusion might come as a surprise to many people but hear me out first before you click the little x in the corner.
Clovis left Cameroon at the age of 14 to come to the U.K to join Reading on a youth contract, he played at every level for the Royals, including captaining the reserve side, but after being released in 2009, Barnet gave Clovis a pro deal soon after he left Reading.
Ever since joining the Bee’s, Kamdjo has been ever present in the first team and has been compared to Linvoy Primus by certain people in the game, with his strength and good reading of the game.
I understand he’s been a part of a side that’s had two poor season’s in a row in League Two, but look at Joe Devera, he also came from Barnet and has proven to be a good player for Town.
Of course he wouldn't walk into the first team and he'd initially have to byed his time, but i think he'd be a gamble worth taking over the summer.
Aaron Morris – Aldershot Town.
After being released by Cardiff, Aaron was signed on a free by Aldershot in 2010 and since that point he’s rewarded the club with consistent good performances in defence and midfield.
It's been his impressive displays at the back thats got him noticed around League Two, but his versatility on the pitch would be one of the key aspects to any future move.
Town fans especially have experienced this season how having a player that can play in defence and midfield can be key.
Player of the Season Alan McCormack was signed as a midfielder and ended up partnering Aden Flint at the back.
Aaron himself has openly said he wants to be playing in central midfield more often this upcoming season.
If Aldershot manage to keep hold of Aaron I can see him playing a big part in them achieving a playoff place next season.
Looking at midfield options, there is a lot more talent that could make the grade in League One than in any other position.
Michael Jacobs – Northampton.
After coming through the youth teams at Northampton Town, Jacobs has gone on to impress Cobblers fans over the past few seasons at Sixfields.
Being the clubs player of the season the past two years gives you a clue at how highly rated he is among the Cobblers faithful.
A real box-to-box midfielder who is very talented with the ball at his feet, Michael has a very bright future ahead of him.
He's also no stranger to scoring the odd goal, with him hitting double figures for the first time in his career last season.
With Northampton already rejecting bids from Championship clubs last season, Town’s chances look bleak, but with the draw of Di Canio and his style of play you can't rule anything out.
Eunan O’Kane – Torquay.
This name is no stranger to most Swindon fans, with him already being linked with a move to Town last month.
After being released by Everton, Eunan joined Irish side Coleraine, after only a handful of games he joined Torquay in 2010 and has been key in the first team ever since.
A real playmaker that can either play alongside someone in midfield or i believe could play behind the striker.
To have a player of Eunan's quality at Town next season would be a great move from Paolo Di Canio.
As I mentioned in my season review, this summer Swindon have to add in one key area especially, If Town wants to make a real push for the League One playoffs having two strikers who will score at least 15 each is key.
Paul Benson will score that many next season, I’m pretty confident in what we saw in the second half of the season, even though this is a step up, he will take his chance.
Alan Connell is a good forward, but I’m not sure Di Canio believes in him enough to play him the entire season, so at least a couple of new strikers are needed.
James Hanson – Bradford.
After being released by Huddersfield in 2003, James Hanson ended up playing non-league football whilst working in his local Co-Op in Bradford.
With him impressing for Eccleshill and Guiseley, Bradford paid 7K for his services and he hasn’t looked back since, scoring 31 goals in 109 games for the club, 14 in 46 appearances last season.
With James being 6ft 4in it’s not hard to see where I think he could make a difference next season.
The whole of last season Paolo Di Canio was desperate to find a target man; Lukas Magera didn’t make an impact and Jonathan Tehoue definitely didn’t work out.
So we are still crying out for a big man to partner fox in the box striker Paul Benson, of course with Hanson being at a big club like Bradford already it would be hard to prize him away, but he'd be worth testing the Bantams resolve.
Danny Hylton – Aldershot.
Since joining the Shots in 2005 as a 16-year-old Danny has gone on to play just over 150 games for Aldershot scoring 31 times in the process.
Even though that isn’t a great return, his best run of form came last season when he netted 16 times in League Two, and his goals nearly pushed the Shots into the playoff positions.
Unfortunately his career has taken a turn for the worse recently with him being charged for racial abuse towards an opposing player last season, and has been banned for eight games as a consequence and also fined 1K.
But looking at his talent at being able to score goals, he is a great prospect and over time will become a top striker in the football league.
Of course there are quite a few more players from League Two that could make the jump up next season that I haven’t mentioned, Curtis Nelson, Ryan Hall, Mustapha Carayol, Marlon Pack and Brian Woodall just to name a few.
With Town already lining up a move for former Bristol Rovers and Yeovil striker Andy Williams, the club's transfer dealings are starting to take shape and hopefully will be going at a faster pace as we move into June.
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