With the conclusion of the Championship play-offs last week, the leagues for the 2015/16 season have been decided, FLW reporter Liam Grace predicts who will be crowned champions across all three tiers of the Football League next season.
Championship – Wolves
I’m backing Wolves to be crowned champions in 2016. They only missed out on the play-offs in 2015 on goal difference, and with the quality they have in their squad along with some additional signings they will be serious contenders next term.
They have a deadly attack force in Sako, Dicko and Afobe who conjured up an astonishing 42 goals in the Championship last season which is enough to terrify any defence in the league.
They’ve also got depth in midfield with the likes of Kevin McDonald who had 11 assists to his name in 2014/15 and have just added quality in the form of Jed Wallace – a young, exciting prospect who had recently arrived from Portsmouth scoring 17 goals in League Two last season.
League One – Swindon
After play-off heartbreak last season, I’m backing Swindon to claim the title next season. Swindon have been there or there abouts in League One for the last few years and I think 2016 will finally be their year.
In order to do so, they need to keep hold of several key players. One of them being striker Andy Williams who bagged 21 goals in 2014/15 and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham who claimed 14 clean sheets last season. Both players will be essential in their 2015/16 automatic promotion bid.
They will also have to reinvest the money gained from the departures of Gladwin and Luongo to Queens Park Rangers; which Robins boss Mark Cooper has already promised to do.
League Two – Leyton Orient
Orient suffered an embarrassing and turbulent season last term after being releated from League One, but they are finally seeing sense in appointing former player Ian Hendon who has promised to bring in ‘English experience’ in the summer.
Mix that with the quality of players such as Baudry, Mooney and Cox and you could have yourself a team of champions. The O’s are also doubling their pre-season preparations this summer which should surely make them well and truly prepared for the 2015/16 campaign.