JASON Banton’s eagerly anticipated return to Home Park on Saturday was never going to match the aspirations of many of the Home Park faithful......but John Sheridan insists that there is much more to come from the attacker.
With Jason playing the majority Argyle’s 1-1 draw against Southend United in a wide position, the organisation of the Shrimpers’ defence did not allow him to be his dynamic, exciting self as much as the Green Army had hoped for.
Manager John Sheridan revealed that at half-time, he has sought ways to give Jason more opportunites.
“I don’t think we were moving the ball quickly enough from left to right,” he said. “We were getting into good positions, but the ball needed to be traveling quicker.
“That would’ve isolated Jason, who wanted to get into the game more.”
The 21 year-old did indeed show flashes of the talent that endeared him to the Green Army in his successful loan spell last season – taking on defenders with confidence and poise – but those flashes were relatively few and far between.
“He hasn’t played a lot of football recently,” said John. “He’s been on the bench a lot – and it’s always hard trying to get into the game. I just think he looked a little bit off his best, but I expected that.
“Once he gets back into his routine and gets more first-team football, there won’t be a problem.”