DEREK Adams believes Sky Bet League 2 got it absolutely right when they nominated Oscar Threlkeld for February’s divisional Player of the Month award.
Oscar, who turned 22 last month, is the only midfielder among the four nominees, with striker Scott Boden, of Newport County, York City’s on-loan Middlesbrough forward Bradley Fewster, and Rod McDonald, Northampton Town’s central defender, completing the list.
Ozzie’s nomination reads: “Acting as a shield in front of the back four, the Bolton Wanderers loanee was outstanding in February, particularly in the 0-0 draw at Westcountry rivals Yeovil Town. Energetic, mobile and consistent as Plymouth conceded only one goal all month.”
Derek endorsed the plaudits and thinks Oscar is one of several players to have benefited from being loaned to the Pilgrims this season.
“Oscar deserves the nomination,” he said. “He’s played very well since he’s come in here on loan and has been vital in some of the games this season where he’s played in midfield.
“He’s been a hard-worker; a good tackler; a good passer. He’s only 22 years of age, but it’s benefited him, coming out on loan.
“His confidence; his game-knowledge; his passing; his tackling - they’ve all improved. That’s because he’s had the amount of game-time that has allowed him to do that.
“If you look at Craig Tanner, himself, Hiram Boateng - they have all been able to come in and play a good number of minutes in our first-team. It can only benefit the player and their football club.”