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Three Grimsby players to watch - including a former Sunderland forward out to prove a point!

A former Mackem, an experienced target man and a speedy new Nigerian winger are the three men we feel could cause an upset at the Stadium of Light this evening when Grimsby take on Sunderland in the EFL Trophy.

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James Hanson

19/20 Games/Goals: 13/5

Former Sheffield United striker James Hanson only moved to Blundell Park in the summer but has instantly became Grimsby’s key player. Sitting top of the club’s goalscoring charts with five goals already, Hanson moved from League One club AFC Wimbledon on a free transfer and is the focal point of Michael Jolley’s side, with his wily experience and imposing presence becoming a key weapon down in Lincolnshire.

Hanson is one of the most experienced players in the fourth tier, with over 400 league appearances to his name, and an honours list that includes promotion from League One and League Two, plus a League Cup runner’s up medal.

It was only six months ago that his goals helped to keep AFC Wimbledon in the division, so he will be relishing the opportunity to give Sunderland’s centre backs a torrid time this evening.

Moses Ogbu

19/20 Games/Goals: 13/2

Grimsby Town’s third signing this summer was versatile forward Moses Ogbu, who joined the club following a stint with Asamoah Gyan’s former team Al-Ain of Saudi Arabia. With bags of pace, the 28-year-old can play as a lone forward, but is more adept to playing on either wing.

Born in Nigeria, Ogbu is best known for his time at Swedish club IK Sirius, turning out for Blåsvart between the years of 2010 to 2019. Playing in the Sweden’s top tier, the Allsvenskan League, he scored an impressive total of 56 goals in 194 appearances.

He has wasted no time in adapting to English football, however, and is another summer signing that has already identified himself as key to Jolley’s plans, notching two goals in eight league games from the wing this season.

Jordan Cook

19/20 Games/Goals: 8/3

Born and bred in Hetton, former Sunderland academy product Jordan Cook has been in fine form for Grimsby Town this year, scoring three goals in eight appearances from the right of midfield.

Now 29, Cook has long been a top performer across the third and fourth-tiers of English football, helping Luton Town to promotion from League Two in 2018, whereas he also formed part of current Aston Villa manager’s impressive Walsall side during a two-year stint at the Bescott Stadium.

Composed in possession, the midfielder can open up defences with his intelligent passing and eye for a killer ball and is seen as the Mariner’s key man when it comes to producing a moment of magic that wins a game.

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