Who do you think have been the best signings in League Two this season? Tom talks us through his choices.
Ricardo Santos – Bolton Wanderers
Ricardo Santos, who was recently named EFL League Two player of the month for February, has been ever present for The Trotters this season, and has proved an extremely important player for Ian Evatts side.
The Portuguese centre back joined Bolton on a free, and hasn’t looked back playing every single minute this season.
Santos, who’s previously played for Peterborough and Barnet, has guided Bolton to fourteen clean sheet this season, with four of those coming in February, where Santos made 43 clearances and was pivotal in Bolton climbing the league into the Play Offs, hunting down those automatic promotion places, as they just conceded three goals all month.
It’s safe to say that after a shaky start, Santos has enjoyed life at Ian Evatts side and will look to be returning back to League One next season. With his commanding presence and superb ball playing ability, the centre back has certainly shined this season.
Dylan Bahamboula- Oldham Athletic
Dylan Bahamboula joined Oldham Athletic on a free transfer from Selo Sofia in October 2020. The physical midfielder has yet to be seen by the Oldham faithful in the flesh, but has excited them this season with his clearly skilful ability and the talent to bring something different to the League Two side.
Bahamboula has settled into League Two well, he has four goals and eight assists, not bad considering he has started 58% of Oldhams games. With a 23% goal contribution, latics fans will be pleased as Dylan has doubled his nearest team mate assist contribution this season. The versatile attacking midfielder can play Centre attacking midfield but his preferred position is playing out wide.
Oldham sit in 18th position in league 10 points outside of the relegation zone, and 12 points off the Play Offs. The inconsistent form has frustrated fans, and although not all Bahamboula’s skills have come off, he brings skill, excitement and a very good attacking option, which the Latics will want to see next season.
Jamille Matt- Forest Green Rovers
Jamille Matt joined FGR in July 2020 on a free transfer from Newport County. where he had a relatively quiet season. Matt, however brought a good amount of experience, playing for teams such as Blackpool, Plymouth and Fleetwood. Matt also has played in three play off campaigns which has helped FGR into a strong Play Off position.
Jamille has been a pivotal part of FGR season scoring a massive 16 goals and contributing three assists which has seen Rovers into fourth so far this campaign. With his shot accuracy at 58% the striker has been prolific in firing FGR six points clear in the League Two Play Offs, and third top goal scorer this campaign.
The strong striker has enjoyed a free scoring campaign and at 31 has had the best season of his career. Matt will hope FGR can continue their decent form as he recently suffered a brutal hand injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Vaclav Hladky – Salford City
Valcav joined Salford in August 2020 and has been a terrific signing. He joined from St. Mirren on a free transfer and has had an instant impact with the League Two side.
Hladky has 16 clean sheets this season which sits him in second place, with a 43% clean sheet rate, Valcav is just behind Joshua Griffiths who has an impressive 18.
The strong shot stopper will hope to add to his current clean sheets, as newly appointed Gary Bowyer side are five points outside of Play Offs in League Two, after stating in September he wants promotion with the Ammies, Salford will hope that the change in manager will bring success to the League Two outfit.
Wes Hoolahan – Cambridge United
Arguably the best signing of the window, Hoolahan joined Cambridge United in July 2020, bringing a wealth of experience playing at sides such as Norwich, Blackpool and WBA. Although 38, Cambridge took a calculated risk with a free transfer for the ex Irish international.
“The Magician” has six goals and five assists for the league two side, and has contributed to 18% of the U’s goals, as they now sit top of the league, despite not playing every game under Mark Bonners side, Wes has definitely been a key man for the Yellows.
Picking up the January player of the month , Wes is still adding lots to the League Two side, and will push himself to earn another promotion whilst at Abbey Road, it’s great to see a player who’s played at the World Cup and the Premier League still hungry for success.
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