We look at four players we think could light up league football after the international break.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be in great spirits after helping Iceland qualify for the European Championships last week. He’s also been in great form for his club, scoring two in two in the league, and will look to carry that confidence into what looks a home banker. Charlton have started impressively and go to bottom club Rotherham, who are yet to get going in the league. They have top scorer Tony Watt back and may have Danish giant Simon Makienok fit as well, and Gudmundsson will look to feed the forwards or even get on the scoresheet again to carry on his great form.
Charlton lost last week to Wolves, who travel to Bolton this weekend. Wolves have had a slightly disappointing start, but not a disastrous one, and will be looking for three points against a struggling Bolton side. Adam Le Fondre grabbed his first Wolves goal against Charlton, and we think he might be able to bag another against Bolton. In the summer, Bolton fans tried to start a kickstarter to sign Le Fondre, but to no avail, as he instead ended up at Molineux. He bagged 8 in 17 for the Wanderers, but has only one in four for Wolves – that, surely, will improve soon. Should he score, expect him not to celebrate.
Shola Ameobi has been training with Huddersfield, and his brother, Sammy Ameobi, will line up for Cardiff against them. Sammy has been quietly impressive for Cardiff and will look to carry on improving. A talented if inconsistent winger, Ameobi can be the difference between the teams. Huddersfield have really struggled so far and Cardiff will look to take advantage and carry on climbing the table.
Leeds did some impressive business on deadline day, confirming the signing of Excelsior winger Jordan Botaka. Botaka is an incredibly exciting footballer who, even if he doesn’t necessarily affect the game, will be interesting to watch. He loves to pull off skills and show off, which will surely have the Leeds fans on the edge of their seats. They face Brentford, whose season has not started how they had envisaged, but they will not be an easy game for the Whites.
Do you agree with us? Who do you think will shine this weekend?