Continuing on from my look at free agents, I move up to League One now where Danny is likely to focus much of his recruitment. If we do manage to go up he may even look higher, but for now League One players will see us League One ready.
I’ve selected eight I’d like to see us sign in the summer, ranging from positions we need to just personal preferences. Let me know what you think in the comments or on social media.
Rob Hall – Oxford
Former West Ham youngster Hall is out of contract at Oxford this season and, despite hailing the impact of the new manager, could find himself out on his ear. Given the U’s dismal season, he may well choose to leave of his own free will.
He has five goals from 17 outings this season, a campaign blighted by injury. He’s only just returned to the squad as Oxford sealed their safety.
He’s a striker or wide player, predominately used as a winger, but with the versatility that could see him used in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3. He’s quick and at 24-years old still has plenty to offer. In his younger years he won England honours from U15 to U19 level, but has found himself in League One via Bolton Wanderers.
The major issue here is Karl Robinson, he managed the winger at MK Dons and might fancy keeping him at Oxford. Robinson has released nine already, but Hall has not yet had his future confirmed.
Ed Upson – MK Dons
Upson is a central midfielder which may seem like a position we have covered, but Elliott hasn’t yet been offered terms for next year which might be an issue to him, especially as Bozzie has. It might be an indication he’ll move on in the summer, although we hope not.
Upson is out of contract at MK and likely to leave after their relegation. Before anyone thinks a relegated player is not right for us, I think Upson has been punching below his weight. He might not fancy a drop down another division, but if he did he would be hell of a signing.
He began at Ipswich but made his name with Yeovil before switching to Millwall. He had a couple of good seasons in South London before moving to MK, buying in to their desire for promotion. Two years later they’re relegated and he’s out of contract.
He’s a box to box midfielder with a decent shot who can get forward. He’s more likely to provide an assist than a goal though, but he did play as a tucked in left winger at Millwall.
He would be a great signing, at 29-years old he’s young enough to still provide his best, but old enough to have experience to bring to the table. He’s also played almost all of his career at a higher level.
What is more, his personality seems very similar to several of our players, he’s a well spoken-man who has talked in the media about his reading list before.
Tope Obadeyi – Oldham
Obadeyi played in the Scottish Prem for Kilmarnock before moving to Oldham where he has three goals from 27 outings this campaign. He signed a one-year deal in the summer after spending the latter part of the 2016/17 season on loan.
He’s another that plays on the wing or centrally and I think we’ll see wingers coming in through the summer. We started last season with four, but once Rowe and Williams return we’re left with three, two of which (Arnold and Stewart) are currently unlikely to be at the club next season.
Obadeyi has England U19 and U20 honours and has also played in Portugal’s top flight. He’s billed as pacey and strong, something akin to Harry Anderson but perhaps not quite as explosive.
Franck Moussa – Gillingham
Maybe this one would be a bit of a show boat signing, but Moussa is an attacking midfielder with a hint of flair that is out of the ordinary. He’s been with Gillingham this season, but made a name for himself at Coventry and Charlton after emerging at Southend. He served his younger years at Anderlecht and West Ham before ending up at Roots Hall as a 16-year old.
He’s not been involved much at Gillingham, two matches after signing on a free transfer in January, but there’s potential here. He would be a project, perhaps like Cameron Stewart in that he could need a little bit of loving back to life, but if we could get the midfielder from five years ago back, he could be a big asset.
The main issue is he perhaps wouldn’t improve the first eleven as such, but add depth to the squad. If Danny is willing to do that then Moussa would be worth a punt.
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