Written by Connor Hughes
The summer transfer window, full of talk and numerous rumours about who’s going where and the ‘ins and outs’ of each club. I’m going to round-up some of the better signings from the English fourth tier.
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Recently relegated Blackpool have had a torrid time of things in the last few years. From losing their Premier League status to dropping all the way down into League 2, another relegation would be catastrophic and they really need to steady the ship by adding some true quality to their team. Alas, young forward Kyle Vassell from Peterborough has come in on a one-year deal, a proven poacher and keen to create goals, something which Blackpool have had trouble with in the past. Alongside him coming to the club, Kelvin Mellor has arrived following his release from Plymouth Argyle, these two signings are arguably, in my opinion, two of the best ‘pen-to-paper’ deals so far in the division.
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Another busy club which have done well to recruit some real quality following their relegation, are Doncaster. Bolstering their attack with the additions of both John Marquis and Gary McSheffery, I think Donny won’t find goals hard to come by this season. Mathieu Baudry is the other marquee signing, the French Defender moving to the Keepmoat Stadium from Leyton Orient, hopefully steadying a defence which leaked goals last season.
Barnet have been quiet this window and I believe it could be a season of struggles if they do not add to their squad before the end of the summer.
Carlisle, Accrington and Cambridge have all been busy but kept their business on the down-low. Quaint acquisitions have all but done the job for them I feel, a season of mediocrity and obscurity at best. Bastien Hèry moving from Carlisle to Stanley is a steady piece of business.
Crawley have lost both Gwion Edwards and Sonny Bradley to Peterborough and Plymouth respectively. This could be a major blow for them, their only coup from that situation would be the acquisition of former Shrewsbury and Northampton forward James Collins. The front man had scored goals wherever he’s gone and with service he could push Crawley into the top-half quite easily.
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A club who in my opinion has probably done some of the best business this summer, is Luton Town. The additions of Glen Rea, Jonny Mullins, Jordan Cook and star striker, Danny Hylton, are all signings which could potentially be the springboard they need to push into the play-offs if not further. Notts County are one of the clubs I feel could really rival Luton Town. They have signed Micheal O’Connor, Jonathan Forte, Matt Tootle and goalkeeper Adam Collin, these four players could have the potential to propel County back into League 1.
Other deals which have caught my eye so far are Padraig Amond to Hartlepool United from Grimsby, a real signing of intent. Dominic Vose has joined Grimsby from Lincolnshire rivals Scunthorpe. Former Blackburn and Aberdeen front-man has made the move south to Plymouth Argyle. Danny Rose is swapping the Kassam Stadium for the Pompey Chimes, moving to Portsmouth. Finally, Nicky Adams is heading to Carlisle from newly-promoted Northampton.
These are what I consider the best deals so far in league 2, let me know in the comments below if you agree or disagree.
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