Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe continues to take the mean approach with his strikers, having called out Zak Rudden, Klaidi Lolos and Alex Fletcher in recent days.
Lowe called on Rudden to start getting in the goals more frequently as he netted against Swindon Town in the Leasing.Com Trophy while he revealed publicly that he didn’t feel Lolos and Fletcher were doing well enough on the pitch, instead choosing to use apprentice striker Rubin Wilson on the bench.
Here, we discuss why Lowe’s tough-tackling approach with his strikers in the public domain could be neccesary and what impact it could have…
Firstly, why did Lowe call out his strikers?
“Lolos has seemingly been poor for a while on the pitch and Fletcher had a poor loan move away with Aldershot Town over the past month.
“Lowe clearly doesn’t feel that the forwards are good enough to make it into his side and would rather use the players that warrant a spot in the matchday squad.”
Is this approach fair on the forwards?
“The approach on the forwards isn’t fair, in my opinion.
“It means that the players have been called out publicly and all eyes are on them to improve their goalscoring ratio in the near future.”
What impact will it have on the strikers?
“The forwards may now feel mentally challenged by Lowe to try and perform and prove their manager wrong, to prove that they are good enough to make it into his side.
“If the players can overcome Lowe’s mental challenge, then opportunities may come along for the forwards again.
“Footballers have to be mentally tough these days if they are to succeed in football and Lowe is trying to drill that into them at a young age, younger than most, so that the spotlight is on them from the manager and the supporters.”
Can Lowe’s public words act as some sort of mental challenge for the youngsters?
“The fact that Lowe did choose to call out a few of his young forwards says a lot about what he believes in their mental capacities.
“He’s said what he has publicly to try and see how mentally tough his forwards are in preparation for league football.”
Has he heaped too much pressure on the young forwards however?
“Lowe may have put too much pressure on the forwards however, some players can rise up to that sort of challenge and it can help the players believe that they have what it takes to push on within themselves.”
Lastly, will it help them in the long run?
“The pressure now put upon the young forwards on the books of the Pilgrims could well help them in the long run as their learning in becoming mentally prepared for the lengths of first-team football.
“Rudden will be better off from the mental experience and challenge that Lowe has set him when he heads back to Rangers, while Fletcher and Lolos will now be fighting to prove their permanent manager wrong in the long run”.