We're at the halfway stage of the season in League One and the table has taken shape. Leyton Orient and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been consistent with their promotion push, with strong challenges from Preston North End, Brentford, and Peterborough. Down the other end of the table Bristol City, Crewe Alexandra and Stevenage have been struggling.
In my opinion here are the five best players in League One so far this season:
Nakhi Wells - Bradford City
Wells caught the eye last season with some great displays in League Two and the Capital One Cup. Bradford City resisted advance from other clubs in the summer and I bet they are glad they did so. Despite being injured for the first few games of the season, Wells has scored 14 goals in League One already. He has made the step up with ease and Bradford have set their sights on the play-offs for the rest of the season now.
Callum Wilson - Coventry City
The emergence of Callum Wilson has caught everyone by surprise, even Coventry City fans. His partnership with Leon Clarke has wielded 26 goals in the league, both scoring 13 each. Wilson had only scored three goals in his professional career before this season. His form helped The Sky Blues wipe out their 10 point deduction at the start of the season relatively quickly. At the end of August he was the subject of a bid from Sheffield United which was rejected. The club looks to have a real talent on their hands.
Adam Forshaw - Brentford
A former Everton youth player, Adam Forshaw has now established himself as a key member in the Brentford team. The whole Brentford team could have cases for a place in this top five, but Forshaw has been the standout performer. He scored his fifth of the season against promotion rivals Preston North End last Saturday, to help Brentford to their ninth win in ten games. Uwe Rosler may be tempted to poach him for his new club Wigan Athletic.
Jay-Emmanuel Thomas - Bristol City
I was hugely surprised when JET dropped down to League One to join Bristol City. He is at least Championship level but unfortunately things didn't work out for him at Ipswich Town. Bristol City are really struggling in the league, currently in last place with just 16 points. Things would be a lot worse without JET though, the former Gunner has scored ten in the league which is impressive for a struggling side. His partnership with Sam Baldock has been a highlight for the team.
James Tarkowski - Oldham Athletic
Local lad James Tarkowski has become a key player for Oldham Athletic in the last year. His performances at the heart of the defence have supposedly caught the attention of Liverpool amongst others. He has a commanding presence despite being just 21. He is also more than capable of playing the ball around, and is comfortable when in possession, which is all too rare these days for a defender, especially at this level. Should have a big future in the game.
Honourable mentions for: Dele Alli (MK Dons), Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers), Patrick Bamford (MK Dons), Bobby Olejnik (Peterborough), Bailey Wright (Preston North End)
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