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Three to watch: Gillingham - a goalkeeper, defender & powerful forward could trouble Sunderland

Whilst Sunderland may be favourites in today’s cup tie with Gillingham, they have some capable footballers who will be well up for the occasion - here are the three Gills players that Graham Falk thinks we need to watch out for.

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Jack Bonham

19/20 Games/Clean Sheets: 20/4

Brought in on a free transfer in the summer, the former Brentford goalkeeper has been one of Gillingham’s best performers this season. His impressive performances have ensured they have not felt the loss of highly rated Tomas Holy, who joined table-topping Ipswich Town on the expiration of his contract in the summer.

Coming through the ranks at Watford, Bonham took the move across London to Brentford Town in 2013 and took in no less than three loan spells during his time at the club. It was his spell at Carlisle that was the keeper’s most impressive period, however, where he kept an impressive 14 clean sheets.

After spending last season on loan at Bristol Rovers, he was snapped up by new boss Steve Evans and has more than repaid the faith shown by the former Leeds United manager so far.

Brandon Hanlon

19/20 Games/Goals: 16/2

Raised in the Charlton Athletic academy, Hanlon moved to the Gills last summer after numerous non-league spells and immediately turned into one of Gillingham’s key men.

Still only 22-years-old, Hanlon formed a fantastic partnership with top-scorer Tom Eaves last term and has continued his form into this season - despite being forced to alter his game following the departure of strike partner.

A powerful and determined striker, he won Gillingham’s young player of the season last term and is highly rated by fans of the Dorset club.

Max Ehmer

19/20 Games/Goals: 16/0

The German defender is a product of QPR’s academy, and whilst being able to play in midfield, he has been a key part of Gillingham’s defence since first joining back in 2015.

Originally given the club captaincy by former manager Adrian Pinnock, his boss was full of praise for Ehmer’s attitude and application on the pitch, even as a youngster. Signing a new two-year contract last term, Ehmer has continued to be a reliable member of the Gillingham first eleven despite the arrival of a new manager and numerous fresh arrivals.

He’s a unit but it’s perhaps his ability from set pieces that is his main talent, with a tally of ten goals in three years a good return for any defender.

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