Dominic Telford has trained fully with Plymouth Argyle this week following a hamstring injury that has kept him on the sidelines for the past two weeks, and the striker’s return to action will be a big boost for Ryan Lowe’s side.
Having signed from Bury in the summer, Telford has only managed to make eight appearances for the Pilgrims this campaign after suffering a hamstring injury during pre-season, before the injury reoccured midway through September.
The former Bristol Rovers striker certainly has a lot of talent and he knows how to find the net, the forward having been a prolific forward for the Stoke City youth sides while he was on the books there.
The 22-year-old will know that his place in Plymouth’s starting 11 certainly won’t be guaranteed, as he aims to get more competitive first-team action under his belt with the Pilgrims this season.
Telford is in contention to travel to Bolton Wanderers this weekend for Plymouth’s FA Cup First Round tie and while it is unlikely that the youngster would start in the cup, he would present a good option for Ryan Lowe to have on the bench.
Will Telford be a regular starter for Plymouth?
The former Blackpool loanee isn’t the tallest, but he is a hard worker and will run through brick walls for his team. Telford is a poacher within the 18-yard box and he likes to play on the shoulder of the last man, not giving opposition defenders a break with his quick runs in behind and ability to take a defender on.
Plymouth have perhaps struggled up front this season with the likes of Joel Grant, Byron Moore, Danny Mayor and Ryan Taylor all struggling with injuries within the forward department this campaign.
However with most of their squad now back fit and raring to go as they look to climb back up to League One at the first time of asking, Telford will provide a strong option off the bench as he can change a game just like that.
The 22-year-old is a player that shouldn’t be afforded time in the box to get a shot away, and because Telford was a real striker’s instinct, he is capable of scoring some good goals when prevented with the opportunity.
The summer signing is dangerous and can’t be given respect by any of the opposition defenders no matter whether he starts or comes on as a sub, and he will be looking to get his match fitness up as he adds another strong bench option to Lowe’s bench.