Saturday’s 3-2 win over Cambridge finally completed Burton Albion’s League 2 campaign, one that they finished as champions. Despite seeing Gary Rowett leave before the turn of the year, Burton were able to regroup and bring in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who has helped Burton to excel to the top of the division, with Saturday’s win being the first time the Brewers had conceded more than once in a game. Hasselbaink’s 30 games in charge yielded 19 wins, eight draws and three losses, this consistency gives the indication that Burton will not be out of their depth in a higher division. However, Burton lacked any real superstars during the season, this was confirmed by Phil Edwards being the only Burton player in the League 2 team of the season.
This is largely due to the strength and depth of the squad that Hasselbaink has put together being able to stay consistent, even when faced with pressure and adversity such as their hard fought 1-1 draw with Carlisle.
This lack of game changers could prove a problem in League 1 and I believe that there are five players that Burton should be looking at in order to be competitive at a higher level.