IF there was any question about John Sheridan’s final loan signing of the season, it did not take long for the new man to come up with the answer.
Charlton striker Zak Ansah took less than 12 minutes to mark his Argyle debut – his senior debut – at Cheltenham Town with a goal, the Pilgrims’ third in their 3-0 Sky Bet League 2 victory over the Robins.
The 20-year-old, who joined the Addicks from Arsenal last summer, came on as substitute and headed home an 86th-minute cross by Anthony O’Connor to complete a comfortably stunning victory at Whaddon Road, just hours after arriving at Home Park.
“We were on top of the game and he just enjoyed it,” said Argyle manager John Sheridan. “He fitted in and saw opportunities: two great strikes; two good saves from the’ keeper; and then he’s timed his run perfectly for a little glancing header.
“It was a great little header, as well; a great ball from Anthony.
“He’s a very good footballer, very intelligent. He’s come from Arsenal, so he’s going to have something about him. It’s his first-team debut and I thought you could see a little bit in him.
“He was unlucky at the end; he sold the lad a dummy but the other defenders got back in time.”
Zak’s contribution to the Pilgrims return to the League 2 play-off zone signals another triumphant dip into the loan market for John, who was eager to highlight the display of the scorer’s Valley team-mate, wing-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.
“I don’t think I’ve had many bad loan signings,” he said. “My loan signings have come in and done really well.
“I love [Tareiq]’s enthusiasm, his desire. I love the way he plays – non-stop; he’s a nightmare to play against. He’s got a good career ahead of him if he keeps those attributes.”