Shez on Tope

PILGRIMS’ manager John Sheridan is delighted to be renewing acquaintance with the fastest player he has ever seen, and believes the Green Army will similarly love the latest Argyle signing.

Tope Obadeyi, 24, has joined Argyle on loan from League 2 rivals Bury until the new year, having previously played under John at Chesterfield, also on loan, when he was on the books of then Premier League Bolton Wanderers.

“I am very pleased to get him,” said John. “He wants to come and I know that, if he performs as I know he can, he will be a very exciting player.

“He can play left-wing, right-wing and up front; he’s very quick and direct; and he will give us something we are missing at this moment in time. He’s probably the quickest player I’ve seen.

“He’s a good age. He played in the Portuguese Premier League last year. On the glimpses of what he has shown me he can do, if he gets the consistency, I believe he’ll be a very exciting player for us.”

Tope was a hot prospect when he left Coventry City for Bolton in 2008, but never hit the heights that some predicted, but John believes there is still time.

He said: “He knows me and hopefully he’ll come in and try to prove a point and I can get the best out of him.

“He was very highly-rated and probably his career has not gone the way he wants it to, so it’s totally down to Tope and he’s really up for it, really keen.

“He has not been playing at Bury but I know what he can do – he’s been in and around Shrewsbury, in a higher division, and obviously with me at Chesterfield.

“One or two people might question him and not know too much about him but, once the fans see him, I think the fans will be well pleased he’s playing for us.”