These are the Lower League/non-league Players that will come from nowhere and if not be in the Premiership by the end of 2011, will be at the heart of all transfer rumours by this time next year.
Amari Morgan-Smith (Luton Town)
21-year old Amari Morgan-Smith has only been with Luton Town since September but is already considered to be amongst the best players outside of the Football League.
He joined after his previous club Ilkeston Town went bust and his performances have already attracted attention from clubs as high as Fulham and will only continue to improve. He has already won FA Cup ‘player of the round’ and produced a performance against Charlton in the replay that has been called ‘the greatest performance ever by a non-league player’.
As he continues to learn the game with the biggest club outside the league, with all the pressure that entails, his performances show that he has the temperament to succeed at a higher level.
Gary Madine (Carlisle United)
Gary Madine, the 20-year old striker, has exploded in his development over the last 12 months. The guy is basically turning into the untalked about, unknown version of Ipswich’s Connor Wickham.
Standing at 6’5 he is buffeting defences into submission and looks like he has filled out quicker than Wickham and looks closer to the finished article. He has already scored 13 goals in 24 games this season and looks well set to finish with at least 25.
Craig Dawson (Rochdale)
Centre-Half Craig Dawson will probably not be involved in another transfer before 2011 is out, but that’s because West Brom have already got a deal in place with Dawson, who is technically on loan to Rochdale at this point in time.
However, by next December, not only will Dawson be starting for West Brom, but will have the big clubs sniffing round him to boot, including Spurs who missed out on him when he was at Radcliffe Borough.
He is by far Rochdale’s best player, including getting into the League Two team of the year and he’s capable at the other end to boot, scoring 11 goals from the back for the ‘Dale too.
Anthony Pilkington (Huddersfield Town)
By the end of 2011, Pilkington may well have a decision to make. Whether to accept a call-up to the Irish National Team or attempt to hold out and hope he ends up in the England team 3 or 4 years further down the line.
The 22-year old winger has been making fools of League One full-backs ever since joining from Stockport County back in January 2009. He has been creating chances for fun and has even scored 16 goals himself to heighten the interest of Championship and Premiership clubs.
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