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Three To Watch: The trio of Fleetwood players most likely to cause Sunderland damage today

Fleetwood are a handy team capable of beating anyone on their day - here are the three men that we think are most likely going to cause Sunderland some harm this afternoon.

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Harry Souttar

19/20 Games/Goals: 21/1

Into his second loan spell at Fleetwood, the young Scottish defender is uncompromising, strong and Joey Barton’s star defender. Souttar has continued on his form from last season, where he helped Fleetwood to a ninth place finish in League One.

Souttar was picked up by Stoke City whilst they were still a Premier League, but struggled for game time as they dropped down to the Championship and appeared for Ross County in the SPL, where he also impressed, before moving to Highbury last summer.

It’ll be a tough battle for Charlie Wyke, and our number nine will have to show the strength we know he has to win this contest.

Josh Morris

19/20 Games/Goals: 24/7

Former Scunthorpe United player of the year Morris is onto his third spell at Fleetwood Town following his free transfer to Highbury and is looking like the player that was tipped for a move to Championship only a few seasons ago.

After an injury ravaged campaign at Glanford Park last year ended in The Irons being relegated, the 28-year-old was snapped up by Barton and he is repaying the faith shown in him, scoring seven goals in his 24 appearances so far this term.

Morris plays mainly in the ten for The Fishermen and, on his day, is one of the most creative players in the league. Sunderland’s midfield will have to be fully aware of him if they are to come away with a second win on the road.


Paddy Madden

19/20 Games/Goals: 24/16

Since moving to England from Bohemians almost a decade ago, Dublin-born Madden has been scoring goals for fun and currently has over 100 goals to his name following spells at Carlisle United, Scunthorpe, Yeovil Town and, of course, Fleetwood Town.

His striker partnership with Ched Evans had reaped rewards for Barton and is one of the main factors behind The Fisherman’s unlikely promotion push this season.

The 29-year-old scored two of his 15 goals against Sunderland last season but is close to surpassing that total already this term before we’ve even entered the new year.

A former Republic of Ireland international, Madden’s a fox-in-the-box and one of the best strikers in the third tier when it comes to his ability to find the net in that six yard area.