Editor’s Note: This blog was published before the sad passing of Justin Edinburgh. Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and all connected to him at Leyton Orient at this time.

Leyton Orient and Salford City were both promoted from the National League last season. We look at how Leyton Orient did it, what they will bring to the EFL and how they can strengthen over the summer.


The 2018-19 story…


After Leyton Orient missed out on promotion to the Championship in heart-breaking circumstances in 2014, the following three years had been defined by the horrific mismanagement of Francesco Becchetti’s ill-fatted ownership regime, during which 10 different managers tried and failed to halt the slump.


Chairman Nigel Travis though has stabilized matters off the field, while manager Justin Edinburgh has transformed proceedings on it.



In his first full season in charge, the former Tottenham defender led the O’s to top spot, inspired by star strikers Macaulay Bonne and Josh Koroma.


What they’ll bring…


Orient conceded just 35 league goals last season, which shows they are water-tight at the back.


Dale Gorman and Craig Clay are a pair of rottweilers in midfield, meaning defenders like the powerful Marvin Ekpetita are given ample protection and dominate the penalty-box very well.


Goalkeeper Dean Brill is somebody the team will look to for EFL experience along with veteran wide man Jobi McAnuff and Joe Widdowson, a technically accomplished left-back.



Although the Londoners finished 2018-19 with a 3-5-2 setup, there is a feeling that their squad is more suited to the 4-4-2 that they used for most of the campaign.


Summer targets…


It will be a challenge to keep hold of Bonne, 23, who has attracted the interest of Charlton and Koroma, 20, whom Sunderland are supposedly after.


Veteran target man Matt Harrold has none of the mobility the young duo possess while Ruel Sotiriou is an unproven youngster, so if Orient were to lose both along with the transfer listed James Alabi, they would need two new strikers to come in.


Another central midfielder would offer some much-needed cover, too.


Leyton Orient Odds:

To Be Relegated

To Be Promoted


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