Plymouth Argyle have managed to pull themselves out of seemingly serious trouble from earlier in the season with a solid run of results.
They looked destined for a relegation battle, despite being play-off contenders the season before. However, Derek Adams has worked his magic and got them pointing in the right direction once more.
They’re not clear of the bottom four and face a nervous time between now and the middle of May, but they’ve shown enough quality to make fans believe they’re safe for another season.
Exciting duo Graham Carey and Ruben Lameiras have been a key part of that, but both are out of contract at the end of the season.
In a recent interview with Plymouth Live, Adams admitted he couldn’t offer either a new deal until he knew what his budget was next season.
That could be as late as the April board meeting, meaning the futures of two key players might still be up in the air going into the close season.
That’s not a good look for the club and we’ve got three reasons they have to tie these deals up sooner, rather than later.
Serious risk of losing both
There’s a real risk of losing both if they can’t act before April.
Now that their contract details are in the public arena, other clubs will be alerted. Carey is bound to be in huge demand, he’s been impressive for a number of seasons and has flair and creativity.
If the Pilgrims wait until April, both players could already have had their heads turned.
If a club loses one key player, maybe he can be replaced.
Even if he’s not the other first team squad members might fill in the gaps and cover.
If Argyle lost both Carey and Lameiras, there would be massive issues bringing in suitable cover.
Goals and creativity
Whilst Freddie Ladapo is the leading scorer, this duo are keen contributors of both assists and goals.
Between them they have got 14 league goals and 13 assists. That’s 27 goals the club would have to replace or find a new creator for.