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Three To Watch: The trio of Oxford stars who are most likely to cause Sunderland issues tonight

A former Liverpool academy product, a free-scoring winger and a Scotland international full-back are our three Oxford players to watch out for as Sunderland take on the U’s this evening.

Rotherham United v Oxford United - Sky Bet League One Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Cameron Brannagan

19/20 Games/Goals: 17/6

One of the best midfielders in League One, Cameron Brannagan is having a season to remember. Into his third season at the Kassam, Brannagan has shown his ability in previous seasons, but seems to finally be realising the huge potential which saw him become so highly rated as a teenager in the Liverpool academy.

He can perform in a several roles across the middle for Robinson’s side, but is at his best when he is allowed to pull the strings in the centre of midfield.

Although he is an injury doubt for this evening, there’s every chance he’ll at least be in Oxford’s 16, and with six goals and seven assists already, Brannagan could be Oxford’s match-winner.

Tariqe Fosu

19/20 Games/Goals: 16/8

You may remember the 23-year-old as the man who caused us countless problems and opened the scoring for the U’s on opening day at the Stadium of Light and, unfortunately for us, Fosu has continued that form into the season.

Fosu joined from Championship side Charlton Athletic in the summer and has plus for Karl Robinson’s side, as they exceed their pre-season ambitions, sitting fifth in League One. The winger adds pace and energy, remaining a fantastic outlet further up the field whilst the U’s are defending.

Fosu was singled out for praise by Rotherham United manager Paul Warne last month following Oxford’s 2-1 win over his side:

He [Fosu] caused us all sorts of problems.

Every time he won it back, he got them up the pitch.

For an Oxford team that had struggled to score last season, the signing of Fosu has been a real game-changer and his performance tonight could dictate who makes it into the League Cup quarter-finals.

Chris Cadden

19/20 Games/Goals: 15/0

Linked to Sunderland in the summer, former Motherwell winger Chris Cadden has featured mainly at full-back during his time at the Kassam Stadium, but is revelling in the role.

Loaned to Robinson’s side from MLS side Columbus Crew, the Bellshill born defender comes from a footballing family - his Father won a league title with Albion Rovers back in the 90s, whilst his brother turns out for Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton.

Capped twice by Scotland, Cadden is every bit the modern-day full-back and gets up and down the right-wing with ease, so the Lads will have to be wary of the 23-year-old on the overlap.

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