Chairmen: lock up your chequebooks – it’s the January transfer window! Here at Prostate Cancer UK – The Football League’s Official Charity Partner for 2013-14 – we’d like to ensure boardroom supremos are spending their cash wisely.
So we’ve done a spot of scouting. And who better to recommend talents from the the players who face them every week. This week, Southend’s midfield maestro Kevan Hurst (pictured) names five League 2 stars outside of his own club who’d represent money well spent…
Rhys Murphy (Dagenham & Redbridge)
"You’ve got to say Daggers boss Wayne Burnett pulled off the signing of the summer when he brought Murphy back to England after a spell in Dutch football. After being released by Arsenal in 2012 he ended up at a club called Telstar, but he’s back with a bang and taking League Two by storm. The lad’s an old-fashioned fox-in-the-box type striker, who’s proven to be a really high quality finisher this season. He’s on fire, and looks a good bet to end the campaign as the division’s top scorer."
Olly Lancashire (Rochdale)
“He’s a friend of mine from our spell playing together at Walsall, but despite my bias he’s still a top-drawer defender. Olly learned his trade as a youth product at Southampton, and it shows in his play, which is very technical. I don’t know many, if any, central defenders at this level who possess his kind of passing range. He’s not a softie either. On the ball he’s class but without it he puts himself about in an aggressive way, and is outstanding in the air.”
Alfie Potter (Oxford United)
“This is a player who often turns the magic on against Southend, so we know all about his ability and the way he can hurt opposition defenders. Potter is pretty small, but quick and extremely tricky. His skill and willingness to take people on, with the ball at his feet, make him a nightmare for full-backs to play against. Potter is injured at the moment but if he can recapture last season’s form [when he scored 10 league goals] he’ll be a thorn in the side of many opponents in 2014.”
Alan Gow (Exeter City)
“If there’s one player who belongs at a higher level than League 2, it is Gow. He is a very good all-round footballer. The Scot is a forward who likes to drop into the hole behind a target man and then make things happen, and he’s very good at it. Whenever we play the Grecians we know we can ill-afford to give him time and space to thread balls through, or allow him to shoot either because he knows where the back of the net is. At 31 Gow’s no spring chicken, but there’s no substitute for class.”
Andrew Fleming (Morecambe)
“I was a team-mate of Andrew’s during my time on loan at Morecambe in 2011, so I know first-hand what a superb central midfielder he can be. He sits in the engine room and makes the side tick with his passing and movement, which I believe is the best of any player at this level. He’s a central midfielder who's hard to get close to, and even when he’s under pressure, his ability to manoeuvre himself out of tight situations is tremendous. He might be a mate, but he’s still one of the best I’ve played with.”
Kevan Hurst has rated his five best players in League 2. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section below.