Sky Bet League One Season Preview 2017/18
Every football fan loves the ‘blank slate feeling’ at the start of a new season. Whether you’re one of those who is full of optimism every August, or someone who tends to be more on the pessimistic side, at least you know that until everyone kicks off on the 5th August at 3pm, every club is level and there is the possibility of achieving something meaningful in the next campaign.
Will the clubs who have dropped down from the Championship go straight back up again? Fans of Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham Utd will certainly hope so, but there are absolutely no guarantees when it comes to League One!
The new boys of Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers will all feel that they have a point to prove after their promotion from League Two. Will safety be enough for them or will they be able to push on to challenge the top half of the table too? It’s not like any of these four clubs are total strangers to this tier of football, but some definitely have more recent experience than others, and there is plenty going on off the pitch for all of these clubs too.
If you’re a Bradford City, Scunthorpe Utd or Fleetwood Town fan, then you’ve probably spent half of the summer feeling a little hard done by after the play offs didn’t go your way last season; but there is little time now to sit back and dwell on it, as League One waits for no man!
Battle of the transfers
Although strength and depth when it comes to your team’s squad isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to thriving in League One, it certainly helps! Most football fans know the feeling of crossing everything on deadline day that your best players don’t get snapped up by another club; and equally, that you can bring in some class and creativity on a shoestring budget yourself.
New players do usually take a little time to gel; and with a good start to the campaign being high on everyone’s priority list, it will be interesting to see which clubs go away with three points on Saturday. Will it be those who have brought in just a couple to bolster their squad, or those who have made wholesale changes so far during the summer. There is still time for clubs to make their final moves before the window slams shut in a few weeks.