League One's finest: The top ten third tier players that could follow Dele Alli to the top

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League One is simply full of rough diamonds just waiting to be polished into the finished article.

With many League One clubs looking for easy cash, they can often prove to be a bargain for Championship clubs with many also making their way into the promised land of the Premier League - Dele Alli, formerly of MK Dons, the latest to make the breakthrough.

Here we look at the latest crop of League One talent currently gracing the third division.


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10) David Bentley (Southend United)

The Southend shot-stopper has played an instrumental role in their play-off push. He was almost snapped up by QPR in January before Southend blocked the deal going through. Despite this, the young goalkeeper certainly has a great future in the game.

9) Lucas Akins (Burton Albion)

Burton forward Akins has had a brilliant campaign for the Brewers this season. The powerful front-man causes all sorts of problems for opposition defences, especially when playing out wide. Despite being 27-years-old, his seven strikes so far are worthy of a mention.

8) Tom Bradshaw (Walsall)

Tom Bradshaw has developed into a key member of the Walsall side during his time at the Bescot Stadium. Despite struggling with a constant hamstring injury, he has still managed 13 league goals this season as he looks to help fire the Saddlers into the Championship.

7) Adam Armstrong (Coventry City, on loan from Newcastle United)

Currently on loan to City from Premier League giants Newcastle United, Armstrong has become the main man leading the line in the Coventry side as they aim to gain promotion from League One. Although he is on loan at the club, he has certainly shown he has the class to play at a higher level, scoring 19 goals in 30 appearances so far for the Sky Blues.

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6) John Fleck (Coventry City)

It is fair to say John Fleck has had a stunning campaign thus far in the heart of the Coventry midfield. The 24-year-old Scotsman has been deeply involved in the majority of the Sky Blues play and was key to their impressive start to the season.

5) Romaine Sawyers (Walsall)

St Kitts and Nevis international Romaine Sawyers has been unstoppable for Walsall this campaign. Despite being criticised for not scoring enough goals himself, his build up play and technique is easily good enough to grace the Premier League.

4) Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United)

Madden had a fantastic goal scoring record when he helped fire Yeovil Town into the Championship three seasons ago and he's having another fantastic season, this time with mid-table Scunthorpe United. Scoring 15 league goals so far this campaign is certainly impressive in a team that lies bang in the middle of the league.

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3) Sam Winnall (Barnsley)

After a dreadful start to the current season, Barnsley have fired themselves into the League One play-offs with 11 wins in 13 games. This incredible record has certainly been helped by 17-goal top scorer Sam Winnall. Winnall has looked deadly in front of goal this season and is a player that has the quality to easily play in the Championship.

2) Nicky Ajose (Swindon Town)

Swindon forward Ajose is currently League One's joint top scorer along with Adam Armstrong with 19 goals so far this season. However the fact that he has managed to do so in a team lingering around in mid-table makes it even more of an achievement. Having signed from Leeds at the start of the season, his goal tally will already be attracting suitor from the higher divisions.

1) Bradley Dack (Gillingham)

Bradley Dack has quite simply had an incredible campaign. His hunger and desire to score and create goals simply cannot be matched by anyone else in League One.

At just 22, he is still in his tender years making him an ideal signing for almost any Championship club. His 13 league goals from attacking midfield also provide a great return at this point in the season with 11 games still to play.

Gillingham rejected huge bids for the player from Championship side Bristol City in January but failure to gain promotion this season may see them lose their star man to one of England's top sides in the summer.

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