This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Oxford United’s Cameron Brannagan has been linked with a move away from the U’s this summer.
After scoring 14 goals in 40 League One games for Oxford this season, Brannagan has caught the attention of Ryan Lowe, who wants to bring the midfielder to Deepdale for next season.
Here, we ask our FLW writers whether they think this would be a good move for both parties…
Cameron Brannagan is a very good player, of that there is no question. The midfielder has been excellent in League One for a good while now and he’s scaled even bigger heights this season with his goal contribution figures.
For Preston, he would definitely be a fantastic signing. The only issue is, the club are absolutely overloaded in the midfield area. Right now, there are solid options like Ali McCan that can’t even get minutes.
If you add another player to the mix, then it’s really going to not help that much. Considering there are other areas of the field that need more attention too for PNE, the move doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Unless some players are being shipped out by Ryan Lowe then, Brannagan may be good but a move shouldn’t happen.
Cameron Brannagan simply has to be playing his football in the Championship next season after what has been another campaign of consistently shining at the top end of League One.
Possessing grit, desire, technical ability, maturity and confidence in the middle of midfield, he really is a player who has it all, making it no surprise that so much Championship interest has surfaced.
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With Preston set to shake things up next year, in regards to recruitment, Brannagan would appear to be a great option.
Certainly possessing all the necessary attributes to cut it at Championship level, I am surprised that a second-tier move has taken this long to come around.
The idea of Cameron Brannagan playing alongside Ben Whiteman in Preston’s midfield is an exciting one.
The Oxford midfielder has earned a chance at Championship level and you’d think he’ll get that in the summer.
Ryan Lowe will want to use his first summer transfer window at Deepdale to shape his squad and Brannagan could make sense as a target.
He’s an all-action midfielder that’s happy to work hard out of possession and can add goals and assists so it’s clear to see why North End would be keen.
It seems there’s going to be competition, however.