Ryan Lowe is set to welcome back winger Danny Mayor for Saturday’s match against Grimsby Town.
The playmaker has not been seen in the starting line up since the 1-1 draw with Swindon Town having been suspended for the win over Carlisle United. Lowe then chose not to select him for an immediate return to the team for the success over Orient and the heavy defeat at Devon rivals Exeter City, Mayor featuring as a second-half substitute in both games. However, after the sorry events at St James’ Park last weekend it now looks like Lowe will recall Mayor to the first eleven for the visit of Michael jolley’s men.
Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, Lowe praised Mayor’s attitude and felt the rest would have done him good. He said: ‘People just look at Dan and think ‘Yeah, he’s the best player’ and ‘He’s this and he’s that’ but I didn’t even have to speak to him.’
He just stays the same as the way he is. Deep down, he was gutted, but his answer was, ‘We are winning.’
‘Obviously, we have lost (at Exeter), so that’s then down to me about do I make changes, do I keep the same team?’
Lowe continued: ‘The attitude and application of Danny Mayor to everything is a different class.’
‘I’m hoping when he does get called back into the team; he has got that little fresh spark about him.’
‘He has been terrific. We don’t have lads who spit their dummies out, and he certainly hasn’t.’
‘He’s champing at the bit to get back in the team. When I put him back, you will hopefully see a fresher Danny Mayor.’
The midfielder had been carrying an ankle injury before he was suspended and had injections to get him on the pitch before his absence, but after a rest, Lowe was hopeful Argyle fans are set to see the best from last season’s League Two promotion winner. ‘Dan probably played 40-odd games (for Bury) last season. This season he started every game up until the Carlisle game.’
‘Really, he has only had a week off of game.s because we played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.’
‘I have got no hesitation when Dan is ready to go back in, but the other lads have been doing terrific also.’
Plymouth fans have yet to see the best from Mayor, and this is one of the reasons Lowe’s side is currently tenth, way below many fans’ expectations.
He is a top player who’s shown flashes of his brilliance but been inconsistent.
A fit and firing Mayor is crucial if Argyle are to get back to League One at the first attempt and everyone at Home Park will be hoping his short spell on the sidelines has recharged his batteries.
If he really is chomping at the bit, it could be a long afternoon onn Saturday for the Mariners.