Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe admitted he is busy making transfer plans for January and revealed plenty of players want to sign for Argyle.
Plymouth are currently in touching distance of the playoffs, thirteenth in League Two, after a stop-start campaign which has disappointed some supporters who had high expectations at the start of the season.
While it is still too early to rule out a push for automatic promotion, it is clear Lowe’s squad and team need reinforcements if they are to mount a serious challenge in the second half of the season. The good news for Argyle fans is the noise coming out of Home Park is Lowe and his assistant Steven Schumacher are likely to be busy in January.
Both have been busy watching Premier League Under-23 sides in recent weeks on the hunt for possible loan targets. Lowe told Plymouth Live he was confident of making quality signings with players reacting positively to the idea of joining the Devon outfit. He said: ‘We are building connections left, right and centre. We were at Blackburn-Middlesbrough last week.’
‘Schuey was at Bristol City-Cardiff on Monday. Obviously, we watched Everton as well, looking at some of their players.’
‘So the opportunities arise all the time, but while they could be a good footballer, they have got to be the right fit.’
‘They have got to want to come and play for Argyle. They have got to want to buy into what we are doing, and be able to play the way we want to play.’
‘Our eyes and ears are open 24/7; especially now, it’s starting to get a bit busy.’
‘People are asking ‘Do you want this, do you want that?’ Agents are on the phone.’
‘But one thing I can say is there is a lot of people that are raving about us and talking about us for the right reasons and want to come and join the ride, so for me, that’s very pleasing.’
January is only six weeks away, and fans will be pleased to hear new arrivals are imminent. The news came after Argyle announced Jose Baxter had left the club by mutual consent after picking up a persistent calf injury.
Baxter signed a short-term contract in the summer, but the injury was such that he was unlikely to play before the expiry of his deal in January and joins Cam Sangster in departing the club in recent weeks.
Many people, myself included, tipped Argyle for automatic promotion at the start of the season.
The expectation amongst the fanbase was also high, and Plymouth fans will be hoping Lowe’s targets not only want to be at the club but have the quality to help mount a promotion push in the new year.
It looks like it could be an exciting January in Devon, with the report claiming there could be quite a few comings and goings at Home Park once the club starts doing its business.