Up To Toppie

JOHN Sheridan has challenged new sign Toppie Obadeyi to show the football world what he is capable of during his loan spell at Home Park.

Toppie, 24, has joined Argyle on loan from Bury until the new year and made his debut as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 FA Cup first-round tie at Lincoln.

Prior to signing for Bury in the summer, he had played in the top flight for Portugal’s Rio Ave after three seasons at Premier League Bolton Wanderers, during which time he was borrowed by John at the Argyle manager’s previous club.

“I’ve had him at Chesterfield and he’s played against me at other clubs, so I know what he can give you,” said John, after the game. “He’s direct and got good feet. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s a good player and he’ll fit in.

“He looked sharp and bright. He’s very quick and will give us that threat in behind. He did well. He only met up with us last night, so, full credit to him, he got us going a little bit.

“It’s up to Toppie now. I don’t think his career has taken off as it should have, with the ability he’s got, so I’ve told him he’s coming here to get first-team football and let people sit up and take notice of him.”