LUKE or Jake? Cole or McCormick?It is a question that has been exercising Argyle supporters since it became clear that the Pilgrims had engaged two of League 2’s top goalkeepers for the 2013-14 season.
Manager John Sheridan has made it clear that he would make up his mind as to which of the talented No. 1s would be his number one custodian for the season after he had seen them both the first two matches of the campaign.
Luke played in last Saturday’s 1-0 league defeat at Southend, while Jake took over in Tuesday’s 3-2 Capital One Cup reverse at Birmingham City, saving a penalty. In each match, it is arguable that the goalkeeper was man of the match.
With Fleetwood in town on Saturday, it is decision time for the gaffer.
He said: “Everyone keeps saying it’s a tough decision, but it isn’t a tough decision for me: I’m picking one of the two, and they are both good keepers. I am very pleased I have got the decision to make.
“The only thing that’s hard is that I’m leaving one of them out, but that’s football. Whoever it is, I want him to be upset if he’s not playing and push the one that is playing; at the same time, the one who is playing will want to stay in the team.
“Luke played well at Southend, and was probably our best player, and Jake played really well the other night, so it hasn’t really changed any thoughts.
“The way Jake played hasn’t done him any harm; he was excellent – and Luke was excellent at Southend. They haven’t done anything wrong between them. It just makes my job a little but harder.
“It’s something that I have got to do. The good thing is that they are both quality ’keepers, so it doesn’t matter who I pick.
“Unfortunately, I can only pick one of them, and one of them is going to feel left out. But that’s football.
“I know what type of characters they are: whichever one is not picked will want to get in the team, and hopefully they will push each other. They get on well with each other and hopefully they can get the best out of each other.
“That’s why I’ve got them both.”