With the Sky Bet League Two season set to begin tomorrow I wanted to take a look at some of the younger players who could shine in the bottom tier of The Football League this season.
The 20 year old Portsmouth midfielder has long been linked with a move to a higher division and yet in June he signed a new three year deal with the reviving side which would be some welcome news to Pompey fans given their recent years of hardship.
The former Farnborough youngster has certainly become a hit at Fratton Park over the last couple of years making 66 league appearances, 59 of which are starts, scoring 13 goals and assisting 4. a competent midfielder; Wallace has shown that he is technically gifted and has a keen eye for goal, he scored 13 goals in 14 goals for Whitehawk during a short loan spell in the 12/13 season.
Given his constant development in Portsmouth’s starting XI this season could be the one in which Wallace shows just how far he has come in the last couple of seasons and how far he could go.
Palmer, 21, is considered to be an exciting prospect at The Pirelli Stadium; he has made 50 appearances for The Brewers in all competitions since breaking into the first team two seasons ago scoring once and getting one assist. despite his minimal goal contribution Palmer has shown himself to be a technically gifted midfielder who has the ability to pick out fantastic passes which could prove to be crucial for Burton in their promotion push this season. The fact that Palmer has only picked up three yellow cards in the league shows that, while he may not be the most defensive player in the world, he is not a liability in the middle or someone who is going to be suspended every other game.
The signing of John Mousinho could push Palmer back into a rotation role but don’t be surprised to see the young Englishman impress if given the opportunity by manager Gary Rowett.
James, like Wallace, is considered to be one of the hottest prospects outside of the Premier League; he played a crucial role for Hartlepool last season scoring 13 and assisting 4 as Hartlepool struggled to find their footing after their relegation from League 1.
Despite only being 19 James is already vastly experienced already having made 93 appearances in all competitions for Hartlepool scoring 22 and assisting 6 since making his first League One appearance in the 11/12 season.
He can be deployed as a winger or a striker both to equal effect and it is his versatility that has seen him become the potent goalscoring talisman that Hartlepool are desperate to keep. He has recently been linked with a big money move to Peterborough but should he stay Hartlepool this could be a big season for James and his team one which shows his true class.