Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has issued a challenge to young second-year scholar Jarvis Cleal, who is regarded as one of the brightest young talents at Home Park.
The right wing-back was an unused substitute for Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Crawley Town and is the third player from the current under-18 crop to be included in a matchday squad by Lowe, after midfielder Jude Boyd and striker Rubin Wilson.
Lowe has clearly seen the talent that the youngster possesses, and has been quick to send out a message to the youngster after speaking with PlymouthLive.
The Pilgrims manager said: “Jarvis has been doing great in the youth system.
“I have watched him quite a bit and he has got a lot.
“But he needs to have that little bit more desire and little bit more commitment.
“He’s a shy lad but I think we will get it out of him. He has certainly got the quality. He can skip past a player and put a ball in the box.
“Plus he’s 6ft 1in, so he’s going to hopefully be a big asset for us.
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“It’s over to him now. He has had the taste, he has been in and around the first team and been on the bench for a League Two game.
“So we are wanting to see him thrive and push on now.
“We feel he has got a lot to offer but it’s over to him now. He has got to show us that little bit more determination and hunger that he wants it.”
Cleal has been at Home Park since October 2018 after he was released by West Bromwich Albion in the previous summer, and he has adapted to the way that Plymouth like to play while becoming a regular in the under-18 and under-23 sides.
The young defender has started all five games in the Premier League under-23 cup this season as manager Lowe has cast a watchful eye over him, and the 18-year-old is being earmarked as Plymouth’s future.
Having had Cleal train with the first team and use him within a matchday squad for a league game, Lowe has clearly seen enough from him that makes him believe in the potential.
Plymouth have developed Cleal into their own player, making sure that he knows their style in less than 18 months and Lowe has now revealed that he is a firm believer in the youngster as he fights to win a professional contract this summer.