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Here are the THREE players Sunderland need to be wary of when Plymouth roll into town today...

One of the league’s top scorers, a play-maker that carves defences apart and a Portuguese winger in sublime form - here are the three players Sunderland should be wary of when they face Plymouth this afternoon...

Plymouth Herald

Graham Carey

League One Games/Goals: 33/4

The Irishman has been at Argyle since 2015 and is without doubt the Pilgrims man to watch - and despite his topsy-turvy season this term, he was phenomenal in last weekend’s 5-1 in over Rochdale.

Whilst many Argyle fans have been unhappy with Carey’s inconsistent form this term, it does perhaps mirror their club’s entire season - frustrating, but illuminated by occasional flashes of brilliance.

Whilst he goal-scoring exploits haven’t quite reached the heights of last year (he hit 14 from midfield) he has turned into one of the best play-makers in the division, laying on nine assists for the likes of top-scorer Freddie Ladapo and despite an inconsistent season, when he’s hot - he’s VERY much on fire.


Freddie Ladapo

League One Games/Goals: 34/14

The Argyle forward is having his best season to date. Although he had struggled since the turn of the year, he hit back with two goals in the last weekend’s victory over Rochdale, replicating the early season form that made so many clubs take a look at him in January.

Ladapo has been around the block a little bit if truth be told, playing for no less than FIFTEEN clubs since making his debut for Colchester United in 2011.

So why has he suddenly hit form on the South Coast? It could be a magnitude of things. Argyle’s style of play suits him down to the ground and he’s hitting his prime age for a striker, however Ladapo has praised Derek Adams’ as the main reason for his upturn in form - he obviously shares a great bond with the gaffer.

He plays the lone striker role well and is best utilised as a target man due to his height and large frame, but don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s just a “back to goal” type of striker - he’s got plenty of pace. If he’s given an opportunity by our defence he’ll take it based on his hugely impressive season so far.


Rúben Lameiras

League One Games/Goals: 29/10

It took a little bit of time for the Portuguese winger to break into the side this season, having to make do with sporadic substitute outings, but since grabbing a goal in a 1-1 draw against Burton Albion he’s been vastly important to Argyle’s team and has scored seven goals in ten games.

Playing on the left of an advanced three in midfield, Lameiras plays the ‘McGeady’ role for The Pilgrims. And, much like the aforementioned Irishman, he has he ability to make things happen and has helped drag his side out of the relegation zone, with The Pilgrims moving from rock bottom to currently fourteenth since his permanent introduction to the first team.

Whilst Carey and Ladapo are the first names on the team-sheet, there’s no doubting this is the man on form.