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Playmaker's EFL 72: #61-#51

#52: Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United)

2024/04/10 19:20
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Perhaps League One's most well-rounded midfielder, Cameron Brannagan has 10 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for Oxford United this season.

Brannagan's 20 goal involvements (with 19 of those coming in the league) represent a career-best tally for the former Liverpool man who has been a huge part of his team's play-off push this season.

The 27-year-old has amassed some impressive numbers this season. Those 19 goal involvements mean that only four players have made more direct contributions so far this season (Devante Cole, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Colby Bishop, and Alfie May).

Seven of Brannagan's goals have come from the penalty spot with the midfielder currently the top penalty goalscorer in League One alongside the aforementioned Bishop. Brannagan's penalty prowess is well known – this is a man who once scored four spot kicks in one game, after all.

The U's man is never afraid of showing his attacking threat from midfield and currently has had 107 shots in total in the league, ranking him fourth overall. Of those shots, 41 have been on target, ranking him fifth.

But of course, Brannagan mostly is what makes Oxford United tick. His nine assists this season are bettered by only five other players.

Brannagan is also second for key passes in the league (81) with 44 of those long key passes. No other player in the division comes close to that number, Jake Forster-Caskey is the next closest on 33.

Manager Des Buckingham knows that all too well which is why he has compared his star to an American football quarterback who can 'screen defensively' while pinging passes across the pitch.

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2024-04-10 20h04m by lhalliday_bart
As a football fan, I am so excited for the next batch of standouts in the 'Playmaker 72'! It's always a tough decision to rank players from different divisions, but I can't wait to see who makes the cut.
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