The January transfer window is now wide open. Here at Prostate Cancer UK – The Football League’s Official Charity Partner for 2013-14 – we want to make sure clubs are getting good signings for their money. So we’ve done a spot of scouting.
And who better to recommend talents than the players who face them every week? This week, Carlisle United full-back Leon McSweeney (pictured above during his days Leyton Orient), names five League 1 stars outside of his own club who’d represent money well spent. You can follow Leon on Twitter (@leonmcsweeney and read his excellent blog too).
Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient)
A player I know well from my time at Orient. While I haven't faced him yet in a competitive game, I've seen enough in training to know he has all the attributes necessary to play at the highest level. As well as that he's a lovely lad who's always eager to listen and improve. After some really eye catching performances this season, Orient will do well to hold onto him over the remainder of the campaign.
Jay Emmanuel Thomas (Bristol City)
Grabbed a hat-trick up at our place in October, single-handedly winning the game for Bristol City. Has pace and power in abundance and on his day can be one of the best attackers in the division. The Robins' hopes of a successful season will rest heavily on his shoulders.
Bakary Sako (Wolves)
While he wasn't outstanding at our place this term, Sako showed glimpses of the kind of quality that suggests he should be playing at a much higher level. He's an assured presence on the ball, which makes him one of Wolves' key players. He also scored a rocket of a goal with very little back-lift which highlights his danger.
Callum McGregor (Notts Co)
A tidy midfielder who shifts the ball well in possession and uses it intelligently, constantly probing at the opposition and searching for an opening. The on-loan Celtic man scored a long-range effort against us this season, demonstrating his willingness to get forward and join in with the attack.
James Tarkowski (Oldham)
A commanding centre-half who's as comfortable on the turf as he is in the air. Tarkowski isn't afraid to receive the ball off the goalkeeper and get his team playing from the back. He was one of the main reasons why we failed to score at Oldham this season, despite putting them under considerable pressure both aerially and with the ball on the deck.
Leon McSweeney has chosen his five top talents from League 1. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section below.
You can also read Southend United midfielder Kevan Hurst's top five League 2 picks here.