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Three To Watch: Which Gillingham players might cause Sunderland some trouble today?

Can Sunderland get back to winning ways this weekend as they take on Steve Evans’ Gillingham? Here are the three opposition players that the Lads must keep an eye on if they are to gain an important three points.

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John Akinde

19/20 Goals/Games: 31/6

Statistically, the former Lincoln City striker is the third most effective target man in the entire league - and boy he is tall.

Akinde helped his former side to the League Two title last year, but struggled for regular game time following promotion. As such, he made the move to Gillingham for an undisclosed fee.

The big striker cited the chance to play under the colourful Steve Evans as playing a huge part in the reason for his move further south, and though he has only scored once since his move to the Gills, his overall play has been a huge help in their climb up the table.

The 30-year has played for no less than SEVENTEEN clubs in his 14-year career, but will be looking to fire Evans’ side into the play-offs and cement a permanent home at Priestfield.

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Connor Ogilvie

19/20 Goals/Games: 32/4

The goalscoring left-back has already put Phil Parkinson’s side to the sword once this season, with his last minute strike securing three points against us back in December.

While things look far better on Wearside since that defeat at Priestfield, Ogilvie has stayed much the same, continuing to impress as the Gills threaten to enter the play-off spots.

He was almost prised away from the club in January by a host of Championship clubs, but Ogilvie opted to stay at the club, with Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray admitting his interest in the full back.

However, with less than 18 months left to run on his deal at Gillingham, he’ll be looking to continue his good form in the hope he can snag a move further up the footballing pyramid - and where better to grab headlines than in front of a packed Stadium of Light this afternoon?

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Jack Tucker

19/20 Goals/Games: 27/0

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for the young defender who was almost released by the club last summer.

He’s formed an impressive partnership alongside club captain Max Ehmer and, just like Ogilvie, has attracted interest from Championship clubs during the recent transfer window - with one unnamed club making a concrete bid.

The defender has also been strongly linked with Glasgow giants Celtic and, although Tucker signed a new contract in December, it’s believed they’ll go back in for Evans with a bid in the summer,

After spending last season on loan with Greenwich Borough, Tucker has returned to Gillingham a vastly improved defender, with manager Evans already saying that he believes when Tucker does depart the club, it will be for “millions”.

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