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Playmaker's EFL 72: #61-#51

#61: Sam Hoskins (Northampton)

2024/04/10 19:20
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The next man on our list of the EFL’s best performers this season is Northampton Town attacker, Sam Hoskins.

On the verge, if not already there, of becoming a classic EFL cult hero, Sam Hoskins has once again led the line for a Cobblers punching above their weight with an impressive attacking output.

Last season, as Jon Brady’s men gained automatic promotion back to the third-tier, Hoskins managed 22 goals in 40 appearances – with Northampton’s next best goal scorer in the league, Louis Appere, down on eight.

This time around, the now 31-year-old forward, who has the versatility to play all across the front-line, on either wing and even at wing-back, is once again their important focal point with 15 goals in 33 games in League One – once again, no other Cobbler has managed double figures for goals this season.

It is not just the efficiency and general output that helps Hoskins stand out at Sixfields but there is often a real touch of class and energy about the way he goes about his business, as shown by his recent winning goal against automatic promotion chasing Derby County:

With 2.9 shots per game, he is among the top four most frequent shooters in the division, highlighting just how important he is to his side scoring goals – especially when the next Northampton Town player on the list, Mitch Pinnock, is joint 35th on that list. Most, if not everything, goes through Hoskins. 

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2024-04-10 20h04m by lhalliday_bart
As a football fan, I am so excited for the next batch of standouts in the 'Playmaker 72'! It's always a tough decision to rank players from different divisions, but I can't wait to see who makes the cut.
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