Trio tracking Sutton United's Roarie Deacon

Roarie Deacon celebrates scoring Crawley's first goal

HITC understands a number of Football League clubs, including Charlton and Barnsley, are expected to watch former Arsenal graduate Roarie Deacon in FA Cup action this weekend.

Sutton Utd midfielder Roarie Deacon is attracting interest from a host of Football League clubs including Barnsley, Charlton, and Bristol Rovers, HITC understands from sources close to the club.

The former Arsenal and Sunderland wide man surprisingly joined Sutton Utd in the summer on a one-year contract, and has quickly become a fans' favourite with four goals and eleven assists so far this season.

Crawley Town's Roarie Deacon in action with Leyton Orient's bradley PritchardRoarie Deacon in action for Crawley Town

He also has scooped six Man of the Match awards this season and he is widely acknowledged as the creative linchpin in the Sutton Utd side.

Deacon has had spells at Stevenage and Crawley where he was often played in unfamiliar positions and it is thought the 25-year-old has embraced the freedom he's been given to express himself in the final third at Sutton this season

Marouane Fellaini of Everton (L) and Roarie Deacon of Stevenage in actionRoarie Deacon in action against former Everton man Marouane Fellaini 

The naturally two footed wide man has impressed scouts with his pace, skill, technique, and fantastic understanding of the game. He played a vital part in Sutton's 6-3 victory over Dartford in the first round of the FA Cup with Deacon scoring two and assisting the other four in an entertaining cup tie at Princes Park.

His displays have impressed scouts from clubs higher up the football pyramid and HITC Sport understands Charlton see Deacon as a suitable replacement for their much coveted youngster Ademola Lookman who is likely to leave the South East London club in the near future.

Roarie Deacon celebrates scoring Crawley's first goalRoarie Deacon celebrates scoring for Crawley

Barnsley, Bristol Rovers and Charlton have watched Deacon on several occasions this season and are weighing up moves for the midfielder when the transfer window reopens next month.

It is understood that Sutton Utd regard Deacon as an important player and have subsequently braced themselves for bids for their most creative player.

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