Top five EFL stars to watch out for

By Sam Stone

Premier league clubs are increasing their spending each season in order to stay competitive, However, are they missing out on some Gems from the EFL, and instead, going for more expensive foreign talent. Here we look at five players from England’s lower divisions, who could have an impact at the higher level.

MATT CLARK – Portsmouth. Centre-half.

Clark joined Pompey from Ipswich in 2015 in a swap deal with Adam Webster, with the south coast club receiving £300k as well as the young defender. This piece of business looks a steal after the progress Clark has made, as he increases his value game by game. The 22-year-old has been a composed colossus in a formidable Portsmouth rearguard this season. The 6ft 4-inch youngster is dominant in the air, has great judgment and is composed on the ball. Clark has made a name for himself by handling the ball well under pressure and making lung-busting runs into the opposition half. If Portsmouth fail to capitalise on their great start to the season with promotion, this youngster will almost certainly be playing a higher level next season.

SIRIKI DEMBELE – Peterborough. Left wing, Attacking midfield.

The tricky winger signed for Posh in the summer and has been one of the stand-out players in League 1 this season. Dembele is an elusive figure. At 5ft-6-inches, the former Nike Academy graduate is strong on the ball, using his small stocky frame to retain possession. Dembele currently has 4 goals and 5 assists in League one this season. His technical ability, pace, and intelligence are proving tough to handle for defences in England’s third division. The 22-year-old from Scotland has proved an astute signing in Steve Evans’ promotion push.

CAMERON McGEEHAN – Barnsley, Centre Midfield.

McGeehan has had a tough start to his career but has always remained a promising talent. The Kingston born talent was sent out on loan to Scunthorpe for a period of last season. However, this season McGeehan establish himself as an instrumental part of a Barnsley midfield which has caught the eye under the leadership of Daniel Stendel. The Combative midfielder has a good eye for goal, having reached double figures for Luton Town 2-years-ago in league 2. McGeehan has a goal and an assist this term, but his suitability to the style of Barnsley’s play this season is making the 23-year-old a valuable asset for the Tykes.

JAMAL LOWE – Portsmouth, Right wing.

Jamal Lowe has adapted to life in the Football League extremely well, following his 2016 move from non-league Hampton & Richmond. The former Barnet youngster has earned his place with the League One leaders after doing the rounds in the non-league. His electric pace is Championship pedigree, with very few in the league being able to keep pace. This season has seen the 24-year-old net 6 goals and notch 3 assists. His close control and ability to get out of tight spaces has proven influential for the blues style of play this season. Lowe has the pace to play at a higher level, much like his club mate Clark it will be tough for the blues to keep the winger at Fratton Park if they don’t move up a level next season.

TOM EAVES – Gillingham, Striker.

The Liverpool born striker has found a rich vein of form this season. Eaves currently top’s the League One scoring charts with 7 goals this term, including a stunning strike in a 2-0 victory at Portsmouth. Eaves’ physical approach combined with clinical finishing both in the air and on the ground has been pivotal in keeping the Gills in a stable position this season. Forwards of Eaves’ stature are few and far between, and he could prove a useful asset for a club at a higher level.

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