5 League One youngsters with the highest potential

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

The SkyBet League One is littered with talent and has a number of well-respected and prestigious clubs. Due to this, League One can be one of the toughest leagues to get promoted from, as highlighted in Sunderland's latest Netflix documentary: Sunderland 'Til I Die.


Within this article, The Footy Gang have chosen 5 youngsters who are currently plying their trade in League One, who they believe could go on to play Premier League or Championship football later on in their careers.

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Flynn Downes, 21, currently is a regular for League One side Ipswich Town. At the end of the 2018/19 season, Ipswich Town's relegation was confirmed, ending their 17 year stay in The Championship. Ipswich, under former Norwich City manager, Paul Lambert, were one of the favourites to gain promotion however were sitting in 11th place before the league came to a premature end due to the Coronavirus. For Ipswich fans, even though the season didn't go as they would have initially hoped, youngster Flynn Downes was a bright spark for Paul Lambert's side.

Downes, joined Ipswich at the age of 7, progressing through the side's youth system before breaking into the first team squad, making his debut at the start of the 2017/18 season. Since then, the Brentwood born youngster has made 68 appearances, scoring 3 goals for the Suffolk side. Back in 2018, Downes spent a loan spell at then League Two side Luton Town, impressing greatly as Luton won promotion to League One. On his return to Ipswich, Downes featured regularly, even captaining the side to become to Tractor Boy's youngest ever captain in their history. Downes went on to describe captaining Ipswich as "every kid's dream". Championship Fulham are rumoured to be interested in the midfielder.

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Lewie Coyle, 24, currently plys his trade for Joey Barton's League One side Fleetwood Town. Coyle progressed through the youth system at Leeds United, making 15 appearances for the club before joining on a permanent deal in January 2020, after two successful loan spells with The Fishermen. Back in 2006, when Coyle was 10 years old, Spanish giants Barcelona and Chelsea had made an offer to Coyle for him to join their sides, however Coyle rejected both, joining the club he supported: Leeds United. Coyle, who is naturally a right back, has also on occasions, featured at either left back or even in centre midfield. Fleetwood Town are currently fighting for promotion and face Wycombe Wanderers in the League One play off semi final.

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Luke Woolfenden, 21, is the second Ipswich Town player on this list and like Flynn Downes, he also progressed through the youth system at Portman Road. Woolfenden, an imposing centre half, standing at 6'4, made his debut for The Tractor Boys in 2018.

Woolfenden spent time on loan at Conference side Bromley and also League Two side Swindon Town before returning to Ipswich Town, making himself a regular in the 2019/20 season, featuring 36 times and scoring once in all competitions. In 2019, Ipswich tied down the talented youngster to a four year deal. Premier League side Sheffield United are rumoured to be interested in bringing the youngster to Bramall Lane.

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George Dobson, 22, started his career at North London giants Arsenal before moving to fellow Premier League side West Ham at the age of 17. Unfortunately for Dobson, he didn't manage to make an appearance for The Hammers and joined League One side Walsall on a season long loan at the start of the 2016/17 season. After a successful season for Walsall, Dobson moved to Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam for an undisclosed fee.

After only 6 months in Holland, where Dobson appeared on five occasions, Dobson returned to England, re-signing for Walsall. In July 2019, League One giants Sunderland brought Dobson to The Stadium Of Light on a three year deal. Sunderland, once again, struggled in the 2019/20 season and failed to gain promotion. However, Dobson went on to feature 34 times in all competitions for the North East side. Dobson, struggled initially at The Stadium Of Light however after Phil Parkinson was announced as manager, replacing the departing Jack Ross, Dobson improved to become one of Sunderland's stand out players.

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Ro-Shaun Williams, 21, started his career at Premier League giants Manchester United. Williams, joined Manchester United at the of 9 and at 15, broke Darren Campbell's 100 metre schoolboy sprinting record. At the start of the 2018/19 season, Williams broke into the Manchester United first team, featuring in their pre-season tour in the United States, along with fellow youngsters Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong. While still playing in the youth team, Ro-Shaun Williams was training with the first team on a regular basis. Unfortunately for Williams, he didn't manage to make a competitive appearance for the Red Devils and moved to League One side Shrewsbury Town in January 2019. Williams has featured 41 times for The Shrews. Williams impressed for the League One side and featured for The Shrews as the League One side managed to grab a draw in the FA Cup Fourth Road against Liverpool. Unfortunately for Shrewsbury, Liverpool went on to win the replay at Anfield by one goal to nil, progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Did you enjoy this article? Are there any League One youngsters that you feel should have made the list? If so, let us know over on our Twitter at @TheFootyGang.


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