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Top 50 Football League players revealed

FOURFOURTWO has finally lifted the curtain their opinion of the top 50 players outside the Premiership.

Yorkshire’s contingent of Football League clubs were well represented in the annual list, with seven players making the cut.

Here is the run down of who made the grade.

21. Fabian Delph, Leeds United – Not only did the young Leeds midfielder rank as the highest Yorkshire-based player in the Football League, but was the highest player aged under 21, meaning he picked up the Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Naughton is certainly proving to be one to watch for the future.

Naughton is certainly proving to be one to watch.

24. Kyle Naughton, Sheffield United – This young full-back looks to have a bright future ahead of him. At just above the halfway point of the top 50, the 20-year-old already has two England under-21 caps. After a loan period at Gretna in Scotland last season he seems to have returned much more mature and has now cemented a place in Kevin Blackwell’s starting lineup.

26. Matthew Kilgallon, Sheffield United – Despite initially finding it hard to work his way into the side under then manager Neil Warnock, Kilgallon has now tied down a first team spot and become a regular for the Blades.

36. Jermaine Beckford, Leeds United – A goal ratio of one in two during his time a Leeds speaks volumes. Constantly linked to another club Beckford has stayed put and is arguably playing some of the best football of his career.


Wednesday's Marcus Tudgay is really enjoying his football at the moment.

37. Marcus Tudgay, Sheffield Wednesday – The 26-year-old Wednesday striker has become a firm favourite at Hillsborough. Scoring the winning goal against arch rivals Sheffield United did no harm for his popularity and he comes in at 37 in the list.

42. Brian Stock, Doncaster Rovers – His career seemed to have stalled after his move from Bournemouth to Preston in 2006 but it is firmly back on track now after some glittering performances for Doncaster. The highlight of his year is surely captaining Rovers to their playoff final triumph over Leeds at Wembley last May.

45. Tommy Spurr, Sheffield Wednesday – Another who is tipped for great things in the not too distant future is Wednesday’s young defender. Another who did his reputation the world of good by netting in the first minute of the Steel City derby last February has also captained the side in the absence of Richard Wood.

For the full run down of the top 50 click here.


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