Top 10 Sky Bet League 2 Players in opening season (Post Winter Update)

Hey all and welcome to my top 10 League 2 players you should buy, or at least desire about buying.
As some of you will know I'm currently doing a save as tinpot Crawley Town and you can catch up on that HERE. Anyway, onto the list and we have 10 top players that are able to all change games in different ways.

Honourable mentions:

  • Matt Tubbs - Portsmouth
  • Harrison Dunk - Cambridge
  • Kyle Bennett - Portsmouth,
  • Trevor Carson - Hartlepool

10. Adam McGurk - Portsmouth -  Value: £400k - £500k
Attacking Midfielder/Striker (Left/Right/Centre) - Age in August 2015: 26 Years Old.

Adam McGurk throughout this years Football Manager has shown to me that he is a class player that has the ability to give a great amount of assists and a good showing in the goals department too. Using him at Pompey I had a huge amount of interest when he was part of my League 2 winning side getting an average rating for the season of  7.45. McGurk plays best as an inside forward on the right side of the attacking midfield.

PROS: Great striking ability and a great amount of skill whilst having an excellent free kick in the game.

CONS: For a winger, the only thing I'd want a bit more from McGurk is pace. Towards the end of matches he struggles to outpace defenders when you need him most.

9. Seamus Conneely - Accrington - Value: £100K
Defender (Right)/ Midfielder (Centre) Age in August 2015 - 27 Years Old

Seamus Conneely is a great little cheap centre back especially. Holds up play and is a great determined player. The player has great natural fitness and won't need to be rested too regularly. A player that can pace down the wing and can get valuable crosses in that could change the game at any point. Got a great average rating of 7.66 from 43 League 2 games!

PROS: Hardly picks up an injury, great attacking side to his game and has a great work rate! One of the cheapest players on this list!

CONS:  Even as a taller player, he struggles to leap and get the ball from corners.

8. Shaun Batt - Barnet - £400K - £500K
Striker (Centre) Age in August 2015 - 28 Years Old

Shaun Batt is a pacy tyrant who loves to bomb down the wings as well as playing in his natural striker role. Will play best as a target man, he is a player who at 28 is improving more and more throughout the season. He'll get you the goals as well as setting them up but will easily make mincemeat of defenders and leave them in his rear view mirror.

PROS: Pacy, even for a taller player and Batt has a very good work rate, doesn't tire easily.

CONS: Getting older and you'll only get 2-3 years tops of his speed and ability. Finishing needs work and needs to be focused on.

7. Mathieu Baudry - Leyton Orient - Value: £400K - £750K
Defender (Centre) Age in August 2015 - 27 Years Old

Along with Christian Burgess these two will make the ultimate CB pairing. Baudry is a solid defender that gets stuck in to every challenge and puts his heart into every game. A very consistant player can keep clean sheets consistently. He's brave and rarely makes a poor decision as well as being very well disciplined. It would take a lot for him to lose his cool.

PROS: Fitness is a key part of Baudry's game. Solid Defender. Confident.

CONS:  Would be an expensive purchase for only 2-3 years worth of his prime football. 

6. Adebayo Akinfenwa - AFC Wimbledon - Value £100k -200k
Striker (Centre) Age in August 2015 - 33 Years Old

Akinfenwa. What can I say? The strength, the determination and great finishing makes this one a great striker to have on the game. Played as a target man, Akinfenwa should get a tonne of goals for you in this league. Akinfenwa managed to get 24 goals when i made the decision to purchase him, 13 coming from headers interestingly. Average rating of 7.3 from 39 games.

PROS: Strongest man in the world of Football Manager. Will win any header thrown at him.

CONS: Coming to the end of his career, can only play in one role effectively.

5. David Buchanan - Northampton - Value: £250K
Defender/Midfielder (Left)

Buchanan is an all round great left back. A natural born leader who would be a great addition to any squad in this league. A powerful small left back with both pace and stamina so he can go all game and keep your team from conceding on the break. Works best in the full back role but if trained well could become a wing back or even a left midfielder.

PROS: Fitness is key, a great team player. Determined to do well.

CONS: Fairly poor in the air both attacking and defending.

4. Christian Burgess - Portsmouth - Value £500K - £800K
Defender (Centre)

Burgess is a top player with great composure, and has the ability to be a top championship player. At 6 foot 5 inches, Burgess is a great player to have whilst defending corners at this level, he makes a good challenge and is brave in the air. 17 jumping reach will always help you too, Christian Burgess is surely a player to pick up and can improve any defence in League 2 or 1.

PROS: Very strong and adaptable player. The best player in this league in the air and can get some goals when he goes up for corners.

CONS: Very expensive and you'll need to be a bigger League 2/1 team to snap up his signature.

3. Sam Slocombe - Oxford United - Value: £400K - £500K

The best goalkeeper within League 2 and possibly League 1 in the game. The shot stopper managed a monumental 20 clean sheets when I tried a save as Oxford which fired the club to promotion. Give the lad a good defence and you're sorted. Has great confidence on the ball and an incredibly fast reaction for a keeper, Sam Slocombe is a must for any potential League 1 side.

PROS: Best shot stopper in the league, has a great work rate and is a brick wall in goal.

CONS: The one thing I noticed was that Slocombe had a tendency never to come out for corners, not a very brave Goalkeeper.

2. Gwion Edwards - Crawley Town £300K - £500K
Attacking Midfielder (Left/Right)

Being a Crawley Town, I'm slightly biased towards Gwion. But he is a cracking winger, bombs down the wings and gets some great crosses in towards the lacklustre strikers. Has the pace to outrun all defenders and has a great right foot. A skilful player with great team play and great determination, Edwards is a player that will throw himself into any challenge faced.

PROS: Determined, skilful and great fitness

CONS: Prone to injury, been injured for a collective 3 months first season.

1. Graham Carey - Plymouth Argyle - Value: £1M - £1.5M
Midfielder/Attacking Midfielder (Centre, Left, Right)

SIGN THIS MAN! What a player Carey is! One of the best wingers from League 2 and even League 1, he has an incredible work rate as well as being the most skilful player of the list with a flair stat of 18. He should be Brazilian. Plays best as an advanced playmaker and sets up a bagful of assists and well as putting the ball in the back of the net. Also, this guy should put away 5-10 free-kicks a season (if you're lucky enough to be on the refs side) Overall, just a really fantastic player, works well and gets the job done.

PROS: Powerful shot, powerful free kicks, powerful off the ball. Highly skilful!

CONS: If you're not at Plymouth, then he's not at your club. He isn't a natural born leader so no suitability as a captain but you don't need Carey for this. Very expensive.

Thanks for giving this a read! If you have any suggestions of top 10's or any feedback, I'd really appreciate a comment on my Facebook page HERE!



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