Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe is not surprised by Luke Jephcott’s form, with the forward already managing to find the net three times, alongside two assists, in the Green Army’s first four games.
Jephcott has started the season in fantastic fashion, as his goalscoring fortunes continue after he netted his third of the season against Cambridge United on Tuesday night.
The Welsh forward put The Pilgrims in front with a fantastically executed volley midway through the second half. Jephcott also found the net earlier in the first half. However, that was chalked off by the officials in a controversial fashion as the demonstration from the away side, in the face of one of the assistant referees, was enough to enable the goal to not stand.
The U’s equaliser just eight minutes later plied more tension on to what was already a heated affair, with The Pilgrims feeling aggrieved they didn’t take all three points. Despite the dropping of points, there are a lot of positives Lowe and his team can take away with them, especially in Welsh U21 Jephcott, who just can’t stop scoring.
Speaking to The Plymouth Herald, Lowe proclaimed: “Other people were questioning Luke but I know what he’s like, I work with him every day.
“I’m pleased with him every single day. I know what he gives me, I know what he’s about. He’s a goal machine, I said this to you from day one.
“Some strikers will go on a spell of scoring loads of goals and they will also go on a barren spell of not scoring any.
“Luke was in that, but he has started the season fantastic, and long may that continue. There is no doubt in my mind, and in Jephs’ mind, that he will score goals.”
This recent purple patch now brings the academy graduates’ goal tally for The Pilgrims to an impressive 28 goals in 56 appearances and 18 times coming off the bench. Lowe will be hopeful Jephcott continues his red hot form as the season progresses and games come thick and fast.
On the other hand, if the goals do keep coming, then Lowe will have to expect attention for the forward from other clubs in the higher divisions.
The Pilgrims securing the new contract of Jephcott in the summer was a great bit of business, meaning the forward has penned his future down in Devon until the summer of 2023.
His goal tally was already impressive last season, as the Welshman found the net 18 times in all competitions and 16 times in the league, firing The Pilgrims eight points from the dreaded drop zone. What this illustrates is the important role Jephcott has in this Plymouth side, so keeping the forward for another two years is integral to the Green Army’s aspirations of staying in League One, or perhaps even challenging the top six.