Plymouth Argyle arguably haven’t had the start that they would have liked after dropping down to League Two, sat in 12th place as they’ve picked up 16 points from 12 league games.
New Pilgrims manager Ryan Lowe, who joined the club from Bury in the summer, will have decisions to make on his squad and decide whether he believes some of the players that he’s been putting his faith in are good enough to help get Plymouth back to League One at the first time of asking.
Here, we take a look at three decisions that Ryan Lowe should be pondering to get the best out of his team…
On whether to stick with the three-man defence
Plymouth have struggled with Lowe’s three-man defence so far this season, the preferred three being Gary Sawyer, Will Aimson and Scott Wootton.
Teams have found the gaps in behind the two defenders on either side of the three-man defence and with the wing-backs so far not providing enough defensive cover, the opposition have found it easier than Lowe would have liked to get the ball into the channel.
If Lowe does decide to stick with his 3-5-2 formation, then he’ll have to find a way of making it work unless he throws the plan out the window and changes formation.
Who starts up front?
So far, Ryan Taylor and Joel Grant have been playing as the two forwards for Plymouth, with Danny Mayor occasionally providing extra attacking threat as a left winger.
However, Taylor and Grant have yet to start firing consistently this season for the Pilgrims, and Lowe will be deliberating on who starts as the main strikes.
Rangers loanee Zak Rudden and former Bury forward Dominic Telford are two of the players waiting in the wings for when Lowe hands them their chance in a league match, but for now Lowe will need to deliberate on the decision about who leads the line.
Where Danny Mayor is used
It was a bit of a shock in the summer when Mayor followed his former manager from Bury to Plymouth, but one of the Pilgrims’ main stars is yet to come into form this campaign.
Lowe has used Mayor in central midfield as a creative, attacking threat while also getting a chance on the left side of the attack so far. However, with his main summer signing not performing the way that he did last season, Lowe will have to have a think about where Mayor is used next.