If Stoke City were to trace the origins of two of their summer signings back, they would find plenty of League Two experience in their locker.
Both Sam Clucas and Ryan Woods served their time in League Two and League One before stepping up to the big leagues.
Both set Stoke back a huge amount in the summer, money that could be saved by nipping in and taking them at source.
There’s a trick to scouting lower league players, someone like Clucas didn’t stand out at first, but he migrated through the divisions one step at a time.
From Hereford to Mansfield, on to Chesterfield and then to Hull. Woods leapt from Shrewsbury to Brentford, but both have accrued value by turning in solid performances.
Stoke might be looking for a bargain or two in the January break and if they are, they need to be sending scouts out to the League Two fixtures this month, because there’s some real talent on display.
Here’s three FLW thinks they’d do well to scout.
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