As the days go by, the football season gets closer and closer to beginning. The transfer period is well underway, and a whole host of Sky Bet League 1 clubs are trying to add the perfect additions to enable them to have as good a season as possible. Many will be hoping to push for promotion, and this is a list of 5 players I believe will push for the golden boot in League 1.
Omar Bogle – Wigan Athletic
The former Grimsby Town man impressed immensely during his time at the Lincolnshire club, scoring 32 in 68 appearances, and moved to Wigan in January last year for an undisclosed fee. The 24-year-old didn’t exactly hit the ground running last season following his move to the Championship side, but has proven he is a goalscorer, and in my opinion, will have a much better season for Wigan than last time out if he is given the chance come August. He has an eye for goal, and a fantastic ability to be able to finish, even from the tightest of angles, and has numerous other qualities such as his pace and strength, which suggest that he should impress in League 1, and he will be looking to contribute to an impressive season for Wigan, as they look to bounce back into the Championship straight away.
Danny Graham – Blackburn Rovers
Danny Graham has been on the football league scene for a while now, first catching people’s attention when he burst onto the scene with Swansea all the way back in 2011. He then moved to Sunderland before going out on loan at numerous clubs such Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers before eventually signing for Blackburn last year after a successful loan spell. The 31-year-old veteran has failed to reach his full potential in recent years, but has undoubtedly got what it takes to impress in League 1, and at many people’s favourite club to win the League – Blackburn, he will have all the service and freedom he needs to score an impressive amount of goals, and challenge for the ‘title’ of top scorer in the league.
Charlie Wyke – Bradford City
After an incredible start to his season last time out with Carlisle United, scoring 18 in just 34 appearances, he made the switch to Bradford City on deadline day, for an undisclosed fee. He quickly established himself in the side straight away, and it took just 15 minutes for the Englishman to score on his debut, in a 2-2 draw with Gillingham. Bradford were extremely unlucky last campaign, losing 1-0 to Millwall in the play-off final courtesy of a last-minute winner, and they will certainly be looking to bounce back and push for promotion again this coming season. Wyke was one of the best players not only for Bradford, but in the league last season, and with a full season at Valley Parade about to commence, there is no doubt Wyke will be up there with the top scorers come the end of the season.
Conor Chaplin – Portsmouth
At just 20 years of age, Conor Chaplin is undoubtedly at the start of his career as a professional footballer, and there’s not many better clubs to be a focal part of the squad at such a young age than Portsmouth. Pompey are on the rise again after what has seemed like a lifetime of despair and financial trouble, and recently won the Sky Bet League 2 trophy last season, and now find themselves facing a campaign in League 1. Kenny Jackett has arrived and there is a feel-good factor at the south coast club again, and the immense and loyal fans, who saved the club by buying it in 2013, will be looking for another impressive season. Chaplin managed 8 goals last season, but will improve with every year, as he matures and gets used to regular first team football, and in my opinion, the youngster will definitely challenge for top scorer this season.
Jermaine Beckford – Bury
Many were surprised when Bury announced they had signed Jermaine Beckford from Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End. Beckford, most famous for his fairy tale years at Leeds United, where he scored THAT goal away at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, had a fairly poor time at the Lancashire club, being most remembered for his on the pitch scrap with fellow Preston player, and team-mate Eoin Doyle. However, it is no question that the 33-year-old still has plenty in his locker, and many consider him still good enough to play in the Championship. Beckford will more than likely score 3/4 of Bury’s goals this campaign, and it could stand him in good stead to challenge at the business end of the goal scorer table.