It was League 2 yesterday, and now it is the turn of a look into the League 1 transfers from this window. Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday’s recent relegations mean that the third division is even more stacked now, the pair’s transfer dealings making it even more so. From Accrington Stanley through to Wycombe Wanderers, here we go…
Joel Mumbongo to Accrington
Starting at the Wham Stadium with Accrington Stanley who have welcomed Joel Mumbongo on loan from Burnley. Mumbongo is one of a few youngsters for the Clarets who have joined Accrington, the Swede having a strong scoring record in PL2 whilst making a few substitute appearances for the first team under Sean Dyche. He has been yet to really get the chance in the Premier League so at 22, a loan move to League 1 should hopefully see him take that next step.
Amadou Bakayoko to Bolton
Amadou Bakayoko went up with Coventry to the Championship but failed to score and he has now joined Bolton. Bolton themselves have been on the move, returning to League 1 swiftly via automatic promotion to atone for their dramatic slide down the football league. Bakayoko arrives along with Declan John from Swansea and they have signed Oladapo Afolayan permanently following his loan spell, making up a strong window.
Omari Patrick to Burton
Next to Omari Patrick, a versatile forward who has been signed by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Burton Albion. He played all across the frontline for Carlisle, mixing in with Lewis Alessandra and co cohesively. Again, his output doesn’t exactly blow you away but he has proven to be a strong role player. Burton were exciting under the Dutch legend and so hopefully Patrick can contribute to the continuation of that.
Kayne Ramsay to Crewe
From Mumbongo loaned out by Burnley to Kayne Ramsay being loaned out by Southampton, both to League 1. Ramsay is very highly rated on the South Coast and whilst Hasenhuttl was evidently keen to bring through youngsters, the chances for him were too few and far between. Ramsay, like with Yan Valery and Kyle Walker-Peters, is a dynamic fullback who can work well going both ways. Ramsay to Crewe is a move that excites me greatly and I think it won’t be long until he is a regular in the Premier League.
Jordy Hiwula to Doncaster
The previously mentioned Amadou Bakayoko crossed paths with Jordy Hiwula at Coventry and the latter has now signed for Doncaster. Hiwula is a striker who has a half decent strike-rate in truth, scoring roughly 1-in-4 in League One across a few clubs as well as doing well in PL2 and the cup competitions. Donny legend James Coppinger has retired at the ripe age of 40 and so this is almost a new era at the Keepmoat. Hiwula will instead be joining Omar Bogle and Fejiri Okenabirhie up front, the latter had a great 20/21 League 1 season and so they could go well this time around.
Rekeem Harper, Conor Chaplin and Macauley Bonne to Ipswich
Where to start with Ipswich? Ipswich missed out on the playoffs last season but their summer transfer window should work wonders as they go for a return to the Championship. It was impossible to boil it down to just the one, Macauley Bonne proved with Charlton that he can be a prolific goalscorer at this level for starters. Conor Chaplin is the same, he did well at Portsmouth and Doncaster before performing with Barnsley in the second division too. Finally, Rekeem Harper was easily good enough for the Championship for West Brom and because he didn’t get the chance in the Premier League, he’ll surely be one of the best midfielders in League 1.
Hakeeb Adelakun to Lincoln
Hakeeb Adelakun wasn’t blessed with chances at Bristol City and he is one of a few strong attackers to be joining Lincoln. The Imps are lacking talent in that area of the pitch without these introductions; Adelakun along with Chris Maguire from Sunderland and Southampton youngster Dan N’Lundulu on loan too. He arrives on a free and it is pretty low risk for an ambitious club who are consistently on the rise.
Troy Parrott to MK Dons
On the topic of players who are highly rated at their former and/or parent club, Troy Parrott is stuck in the middle really. He doesn’t have the chances available to him at Tottenham but at the same time, has been unable to really strut his stuff on a loan move. He wasn’t prolific at either Millwall or Ipswich so hopefully things are different in this League 1 stint. The departure of manager Russell Martin for Swansea leaves MK Dons in the lurch a bit so we shall see what happens.
Jordan Houghton to Plymouth Argyle
As an Argyle fan myself, I remember when Jordan Houghton was last at the club and he was a very effective player. Under Derek Adams, he along with Hiram Boateng formed a superb midfield for League 2 and whilst he may not have maintained that level since, these memories give me hope. Ryan Lowe is very different to the departed Scotsman but Houghton knows the club and his return to Home Park has been met with positivity by the fans. We tailed off in the latter stages of last season but I still think that a fair few people will be proven wrong in predicting us to face relegation out of League 1 this time around.
Olamide Shodipo, Florian Kamberi, Lewis Wing and Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich were recently in the Championship and their transfer dealings tell you that, the same can be said for Sheffield Wednesday who were a mainstay there prior to last season’s relegation. Bailey Peacock-Farrell was an excellent goalkeeper for Leeds at that level and the move to Burnley didn’t really make much sense. Regardless though, the Northern Irishman must now be the best goalkeeper in League 1. Olamide Shodipo comes in on loan from QPR after a solid 2020/21 season with Oxford, Lewis Wing is a major coup arriving from Boro and then there is Florian Kamberi. Wow, Florian Kamberi in League 1! With Hibs in Scotland, Kamberi was arguably the best player outside of the big two for a while and he even played for Rangers, attracting the interest of lower end PL clubs and Europa League teams across the continent. Kamberi being in League 1 just blows my mind.
Charlie Wyke to Wigan
Charlie Wyke and goals went hand-in-hand at Sunderland last season, the striker scoring twenty-six times in the Blackcat’s unsuccessful promotion push. Only Clarke-Harris of Peterborough outscored Wyke and so to see him on the move has raised a few eyebrows to say the least. He has joined another of the big teams in League 1 in Wigan, a side that is obviously going to be less ambitious and a side who probably won’t be as high up as Sunderland. Age isn’t exactly on Wyke’s side but regardless, his departure is an odd one.
Sullay Kaikai to Wycombe
Finally then to one of the sides who have been relegated down to League 1, Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe. Their infrastructure wallows in comparison to that of the other Championship sides so to get there in the first place was sensational, but now they’re back in the third tier. Wycombe have lost both Fred Onyedinma and Uche Ikpeazu in the attacking third, meanwhile midfielder Josh Scowen has arrived as well as two forwards. Sully Kaikai is primarily a winger whereas Sam Vokes is quite the old-school striker, he could suit Ainsworth. Focusing on Kaikai and the former Palace man contributed to fifteen goals last season for an exciting Blackpool squad, his numbers will probably be less but as a result of who Wycombe are.