Plymouth Argyle were many peoples tip for the title last term, but they fell at the final hurdle to a Wycombe side, that could have gone up automatically. John Sheridan joined Yeovil in the closing weeks of the campaign. Former Ross County boss Derek Adams has been charged with bringing League One football back to Home Park.
There is little doubt in my mind that Plymouth are not capable of their ambitions. Striker Reuben Reid has a year left on his current contract, and a return to the third tier, could just tickle his taste buds for an extension. The pacey striker 20 goals in all competitions last season, but was subject to speculation form plenty of other football League clubs, including southern rivals Portsmouth. Reid’s goals will be a pivotal factor to whether Argyle can make another exhausting push for the summit.
Another factor that has to be calculated for is the arrival of the new manager. Previous boss John Sheridan had spent three seasons at Home Park, so the players knew his way of playing. Adams will be in the hot seat for the first time south of the border and it may take time for the Scot to embezzle his ideas. Alternatively the addition of two of Adams’ former employees; Jake Jervis and Graham Carey, could ease the pressure on the 40-year-old.
Former Birmingham youth product Jervis has a rough reputation for his restlessness having represented 13 clubs in the last 5 years. In fact, Ross County was the strikers ‘most permanent’ club as he made 28 appearances for the Ross-shire club. Over 10 more than any other employer. Jervis is likely to partner Reid with his Physical presence going hand in hand with his team-mates finishing ability.
Elsewhere in the transfer market Josh Simpson is one of Argyle’s more impressive signings. Simpson began last season in a dreadful manor, leading to his short expulsion from the team. The fallout between his and manager John Gregory meant he only took to the pitch 8 times in what would be his final season at the Broadfield Stadium. The 29-year-old pulled the strings in the Red Devils midfield nearly 150 times and will be expected to playa similar role in the heart of the Green Army’s midfield.
Lewis Alessandra will be a big miss on Argyles frontline although I so thin Adams has played it well in the transfer window. Both Graham Carey and Gregg Wylde are players that he knows can make an impact, while both fill the void Alessandra has left. Home Park was a difficult place to go last term, and nothing will change this season. Crowds will peak into double figures and the meanest defence in last years division has been retained. Supporters will hope Reuben Reid can once again reel in the goals, and if he does, I fancy the Green Army to lift the trophy in May.