Three Sky Bet League One stars that you should know more about and keep an eye on for the future 
Plymouth Argyle's Luke Jephcott celebrates his goal against Swindon Town earlier this season
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Young talent in football blossoms all around the country in a catalogue of different leagues, but of course, some is noticed and spoken about less than others. 

Some youthful stars such as Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are lucky enough to break through at elite level clubs and are placed underneath the spotlight straight away, however, others have to climb the leagues for ultimate success. 

Many former international stars have plied their trade on loan and/or started their journey in professional football, playing for clubs in Sky Bet League One. 

With a number of young third tier stars making a move in January, here are three of the shining lights that may well follow suit in upcoming windows, and are names to keep an eye on in the future. 

  • Luke Jephcott - Plymouth Argyle

Last campaign, the Pilgrims were promoted from Sky Bet League Two and not many individuals outside of Plymouth Argyle's fan base and the fourth tier will have had the greatest of knowledge on Luke Jephcott, but less than a year on that has certainly changed.

The 21-year-old centre forward netted seven goals in 13 starts last season, which in itself is an impressive return, however, it's his staple place in the first team that has seen his rise as the weeks have progressed. 

Jephcott joined the club in 2014 as a youth academy player and went on to make his debut for the Pilgrims in 2018when he came off the bench on the 86th minute in a 3-2 defeat to Burton Albion. 

Under exciting young manager Ryan Lowe, Plymouth have enjoyed an impressive first season back in League One and Jephcott has been imperative to their success in the first half of the campaign.

The frontman has made 21 appearances for Argyle this season, scoring 14 goals across them games - a superb tally.

Making the step up to a higher division is one that some players take well and some can't hack, but there can be no arguments as to what category the Welsh international falls into thus far. 

Jonson Clarke-Harris and John Marquis were likely the names that most had as viable top goalscorers in League One this term, but despite both being in contention, it's Jephcott that leads the way. 

Jephcott's latest strike came in the Pilgrims most recent fixture, a match that saw them come from behind twice to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw against surprise package Accrington Stanley

The youngster has a keen eye for goal and is a real natural finisher of the ball, making this one of the highlights and strengths of his game. Jephcott by no means has blistering pace like some, but he's mobile and can beat a man which serves as another great trait. 

Two of the Welshman's 14 goals have come from headers this season and headed attempts are very much a frequent part of his game, however, aerial duals are an area of concern. Touching up on this and his low defensive work rate will propel Jephcott even further up summer 2021 shopping lists. 

  • Scott Twine - Swindon Town 

Just a year ago in January 2020, 21-year-old midfielder Scott Twine was heading out on loan to sixth tier National League South side - Chippenham Town

One year on and Twine will be a pivotal piece in Swindon Town's arsenal for the second-half of the season. 

Following promotion from League Two last campaign, the Robins have struggled and currently occupy a position in the drop zone, however, Twine and his fellow professionals will be hopeful they can beat the drop. 

The first-half of the 2020/21 campaign saw Twine head to South Wales, as he set League Two alight in a fantastic loan spell with Newport County

In 19 appearances, the young midfielder yielded an impressive 13 goal contributions (six goals and seven assists) for Michael Flynn's side. 

That magnificent form prompted Swindon to recall Twine and since returning at the beginning of January he's contributed one goal and two assists. 

Adding to his defensive capabilities in midfield is an area Twine could improve, with tackling being a noted weakness of his game, however, the list of positives certainly outweigh the negatives. 

Twine is a player that likes to get his head down and drive at players - as a confident dribbler of the ball he can very often unlock defences and oppose attacking threat.

His ability of striking the ball and scoring goals from range, as well as his set-piece taking, adds further desirable attributes to the youngsters game. 

The central midfielder proved his worth in a free-flowing Newport side that play attacking football, and should Twine continue to impress, the chance to lineup alongside superior players in the future seems destined. 

  • Lewis Montsma - Lincoln City 

The Imps have occupied a place in the League One automatic promotion places for the majority of the campaign thus far and with just one defeat in their past five league outings - they're showing no signs of letting up in their pursuit of Sky Bet Championship football. 

A busy summer transfer window has propelled Lincoln up the table to many people's surprise, and defender Lewis Montsma has added a wealth of value to their starting squad. 

The 22-year-old joined the club from Netherlands second division side FC Dordrecht in July 2020, and he's been a huge hit at Sincil Bank

The commanding centre-back has made 20 appearances in League One so far and has kept a clean sheet in 50% of his games this season - helping Lincoln City to the second best defensive record in the division at the time of writing. 

Standing at 6ft 2", Montsma doesn't just offer defensive stability but also opposes a threat from set-pieces. The Dutch international has scored five times this season, showcasing his all-round ability across the pitch for the Imps

Montsma is a calm presence to watch and commands play as a real ball playing defender. He often strolls out from his defensive position and looks to carry it forward, or plays long progressive passes to start quick Lincoln attacks. 

The defender was brought in and the knowledge of him was sparse, but his terrific first season in English football so far is likely to give him a huge platform to grow further in the game as the years pass.