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Ones to watch on the opening day: League One

18 July 2019

As the start of the new Sky Bet League One campaign draws ever closer, we've been looking at some of the top players to keep an eye on during the opening weekend.

There will again be a host of talented stars plying their trade in the division in 2019/20 - here are our ones to watch...


After his release from Sheffield United in the summer, Paul Coutts became one of the most sought after players in the EFL. The 30-year-old decided that Fleetwood Town would be the club for him. 

Coutts brings experience with him to Joey Barton’s side, who have aspirations of being promoted this campaign, and that experience includes two League One promotion medals with Peterborough United and Sheffield United respectively, as well as a Championship runners-up medal with the latter.


Striker James Norwood was a man in red-hot form last season, as his 30 goals helped Tranmere Rovers to promotion via the Play-Offs in Sky Bet League Two. 

Recently relegated Ipswich Town won the battle to sign the 28-year-old, and will be hoping his goals can fire them to an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

They kick off their League One campaign with a trip to the Pirelli Stadium to take on Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion.


The highly-rated forward signed on the dotted line for Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United in the summer, ending his year-long stay at Bristol City. 

Before his move to Ashton Gate, Eisa was a massive hit at Cheltenham Town, breaking their ‘most goals scored in a season’ record, with his 23 strikes in Sky Bet League Two.

He would also go on to scoop the club’s Players’ Player of the Year and Player of the Year award at the end-of-season award’s evening.


After suffering the heartbreak of relegation from the Sky Bet Championship last season, Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has set about putting foundations in place for an immediate return to the division above. 

Forward Freddie Ladapo was handed a three-year contract by the South Yorkshire outfit, and in turn broke the club’s record transfer fee, a big statement by the Millers. 

Will they be able to overcome AFC Wimbledon on the opening day of the season?


It was Play-Off Final agony for Sunderland at the end of the 2018/19 season, as the Black Cats lost in the dying seconds against Charlton Athletic at Wembley.

A new season is almost among us and new expectations are sat on the shoulders of manager Jack Ross, the addition of Northern Irishman and former Millwall full-back Conor McLaughlin has certainly gone down well with the Sunderland supporters.

McLaughlin has turned out for his country on 35 occasions, making his debut against Italy back in 2011. 

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