Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe has confirmed that the club are interested in re-signing Bristol City midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson on loan this summer.
Bakinson joined Argyle on loan from City in the January transfer window, as the Pilgrims continued to apply the pressure on the automatic promotion-chasers in League Two.
The midfielder was thrown straight into the team, scoring two goals and producing as many assists in 14 league appearances, and making a really positive impact at Home Park.
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Argyle’s season was ultimately curtailed and the Pilgrims were promoted back to League One after finishing third based on points-per-game.
Lowe will now be preparing to strengthen his squad ahead of next season, and the Argyle manager has confirmed his interest in re-signing Bakinson on loan next season.
Lowe also admitted, however, that their task of luring Bakinson back to Home Park ahead of next season has been made difficult, with the Robins still on the lookout for a new manager to replace Lee Johnson.
As per the Plymouth Herald, Lowe said: “It’s hard at the moment because they haven’t got a manager. Tyreeq was a fantastic player for us, and Bristol – and everyone else – knew what he done for us.
“But he’s Bristol City’s player and we have got to respect that. Would we like to bring Tyreeq back? Yeah, 100 per cent we would.
“Would he like to come back if he was made available from Bristol City? Yeah, I think he would. But we have to respect the circumstances of the situation Bristol City are in at the moment.
“When the time is right, whoever goes in and whatever happens, then we can maybe have a conversation with them.”
Bakinson, who joined Bristol City from Luton in 2017, is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Robins, but another loan move away from Ashton Gate next season could be beneficial for his development.
Bakinson needs another loan move away and I think League One is about the right level for him.
He was an excellent addition to Argyle’s side and really thrived in that defensive midfield role, and I think he possesses all the abilities to step up and excel in League One.
Argyle will be hoping for another positive season in 2020/21, and Bakinson would be an excellent loan acquisition, I feel.