There are roughly two weeks left of the summer transfer window and bizarrely there are still several free agents that remain without a club, despite the EFL season being almost three weeks old.
Therefore, I have taken the liberties of researching and picking out five players that clubs in League Two should be queueing up to sign, before they are snapped up by a rival side. It is also important to remember that clubs can still sign free agents after the transfer window closes, but the sooner players sign – the quicker they can gain enough match fitness to feature consistently.
In order to compile this list, I have tried to be as realistic as possible and only chose players that I believe would be affordable for clubs in League Two at either end of the standings as well as players that I feel would be willing to drop/stay in the fourth tier.
For this list, I have picked a former National League star, a former Premier League winger and an experienced EFL full-back. There are several players that could have made the list such as Jordan Mutch (Ex-Crawley), Emyr Huws (Ex-Colchester United) and Aaron Pierre (Ex-AFC Wimbledon).
With all that being said, let’s take a look at the five players that I have selected for League Two clubs this summer.
Beginning this list we have former Crawley Town star Bez Lubala, who was released by League One side Blackpool in the summer, off the back of a loan spell with fellow League Two side Colchester United.
The 25-year-old has featured for the likes of Birmingham City, Northampton Town and Crawley, but played the best football of his career in the fourth division. He’s contributed to 18 goals in 56 matches which is almost one every three games.
The winger can also operate as an attacking midfielder and would be an ideal signing on a free transfer for any League Two side. He needs a club that will be willing to be patient but also push him to recapture his form, which could open the doors for a return to Crawley.
Surprisingly, former Halifax Town defender Jesse Debrah is still without a club, after his proposed move to League One side Barnsley fell through. He is available for a free transfer, providing a compensation agreement is met.
The 22-year-old has played a starring role for the National League side, but opted against re-signing for the club in order to push for a move into the football league. This is something we’ve already seen with the likes of Kacper Lopata, Omar Sowunmi and Andrew Dallas.
In-truth, it appears that the compensation fee is the only reason preventing Debrah from finding a club already, but for me, a club in League Two would be perfect for him. This is especially if they need a strong centre-back with pace and a strong aerial presence.
Former Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove is also without a football club, following his release from League One side Bolton Wanderers in June. The Welshman had been with the club for three seasons but left after their play-off semi-final defeat to Barnsley.
The 30-year-old has experience across the EFL, featuring for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and Barnsley and has made over 130 EFL appearances throughout his professional career thus far.
Isgrove will be keen to find a new home as quickly as possible, especially as we are roughly three weeks into the new football season and if there is a League Two side that is in need of a quick winger, who can also operate through the middle, then look no further than Lloyd Isgrove.
Finishing our midfielders we have playmaker Jamie Devitt, who was released by League Two play-off winners Carlisle United in June and is now on the search for his next destination, which could be the 14th club of his professional career thus far.
The 33-year-old currently has a hamstring injury, but is expected to return within the next three weeks. He made 14 appearances last season for Paul Simpson’s side but featured in five of the club’s last seven league matches.
Devitt is a proven League Two midfielder, who knows where the back of the net is. This type of player would suit the majority of clubs in League Two at either end of the standings and it will be intriguing to see which clubs take the risk and strike a deal for the player.
We end this list with a player that arguably could have made the League One list and that is former Ipswich Town full-back Matt Penney, who was released by the Championship side upon their promotion into the second tier.
The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season with fellow League One side Charlton Athletic and has spent time with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Mansfield Town and Bradford City in recent campaigns, but could he be set for a return to the fourth tier?
Penney still has the best years of his career ahead of him and would comfortably become one of the best full-backs in the division. If there is a side competing for promotion that is in need of a left-back, Penney should be their man, especially on a free transfer.
With that being said, would you take any of these free agents at your League Two side or do you think there’s a player I have missed?