Plymouth Argyle are a club transformed this season, albeit in a division lower than they’re familiar with.
The Green Army suffered relegation on the final day of last season despite beating Scunthorpe United 3-2. The Iron dropped out of League One with them, but whilst they’re struggling to adapt, Ryan Lowe has quickly steadied the ship at Home Park.
They’re just outside the top seven in the early league table but are unbeaten at home and in good shape for a promotion push. This weekend’s draw with Oldham might have some fans a little worried there is work to do, but that’s to be expected. After all, the Pilgrims did have the heart ripped out of their team last season.
In turn, they ripped the heart out of Bury’s promoted side, something that didn’t play any role in the Shakers’ downfall it should be noted. Whilst they went to the wall, several of their players got a new lease of life in the south west.
Not all of the new signings have settled just yet though, either from Bury or elsewhere. We look at three Plymouth signings who have yet to prove their worth to Ryan Lowe.
Aimson has been desperately unlucky; he’s not featured yet due to an injury he carried through pre-season. He was one of the key figures for Bury last season and when he is fit, he’ll be a huge boost to the Pilgrims first team squad.
It’s not going to be easy for the 25-year-old though; Plymouth’s current centre backs are settling in nicely. Lowe does operate three at the back, which will afford more opportunity, but Niall Canavan and Scott Wootton look nicely settled.
That means a fight for Aimson when he’s back to full fitness.
That fight is likely to be with Josh Grant, a player who needs to seize his chance now before it’s too late. The defender is on a season-long loan from Chelsea but has been restricted to just one league start.
That came in their last game with Oldham, a 2-2 draw, and he should be ready to kick on now and get a run of games, showing exactly why he’s emerged from the Under 23 set up at Stamford Bridge.
He’s right-footed but played left centre back in their 3-5-2 this weekend, the role Aimson is hoping to secure when he comes back. That gives Grant a limited amount of time to prove his worth and, after only just breaking into the side, he’s got a big task on his hands impressing Ryan Lowe.