Plymouth Argyle Favourite Could Return Next Season

Having secured their Championship status with a 1-0 final day win over Hull City, the attention has already turned to next season for Plymouth Argyle, who will be hoping for a less-stressful season.

There were plenty of changes in management at Home Park, most significantly Steven Schumacher joining Stoke City which no doubt harmed their chances of anything positive this season. Nonetheless Argyle did what they needed to and secured their Championship status having come up the previous season.

There could be a bit of an overhaul this summer and a new manager will almost certainly be coming in, which could in turn change the outlook of the club. One thing is for sure though, that being that the club will once again be utilising the loan market.

With lower transfer funds compared to many of their second tier counterparts, it’s a given that the club explore temporary loan options in order for them to be competitive. That’s something that they’ve done this season and has helped them just about get over the line.

18-year-old Ashley Phillips was rather impressive given his age and he’d be a mainstay in the Argyle defence for the majority of his time at Home Park, starting 16 times. Phillips will now be returning to his parent club Tottenham Hotspur, who he is contracted with until the summer of 2028, but he could well be back in Devon next season and is certainly a player fans grew to like.

Phillips may not be the only one, with Director of Football Neil Dewnsnip also expressing an interest in re-signing Tottenham man Alfie Devine. The latter has been in and around the first team but hasn’t been given as many chances as Phillips has, yet he could vastly improve next season.

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, Dewsnip discussed the potential of both returning to Home Park next season.

“The loan players will obviously go back (to the parent clubs) but we are already in discussions to see if we can maybe access one or two of those to stay again next year, but we are very early in the discussions.”

According to the Plymouth Herald, Dewsnip confirmed these two players to be Phillips and Devine, who were two of the more impressive loan signings this season.

It’s highly unlikely that either will be around Tottenham’s first team anytime soon and they could therefore be given another move to the Championship to further learn the senior game.

Writer’s View

Given the situation at Plymouth during the second half of the season, Phillips was vastly impressive. He’s certainly a player to watch, and the sky is well and truly the limit for the youngster.

Devine on the other hand showed sparks of greatness, it just seems as if he needs to be playing slightly deeper for the club to excel. He’ll be expected to improve next season and play a more important role if he was to re-sign.

There’s a high likelihood that both will return to the Championship next season and a move to Plymouth makes sense given they already know their surroundings. They wouldn’t be the only loanees, with it seeming fairly obvious that the loan market will be heavily utilised by the club once again.

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