Fantastic Mr Fox
DEREK Adams is happy to have one as cunning as David Fox in his midfield.
The 32-year-old, who arrived at Home Park in the summer, has made 11 appearances for the Pilgrims this season – three of those coming from the bench.
He came on a substitute in the first game of the campaign – a 3-0 loss against Luton – then started a tough assignment in the EFL Cup, as the Greens lost 2-0 at Reading. He sat out the next four games.
It may well have been his second start, though, that was the eye-catcher, and showed off his talents in the best light. Coincidentally, it came against Saturday’s opponents, Newport County.
Argyle’s 4-1 win in the Checkatrade Trophy was a game the Pilgrims dominated, with Fox the heartbeat of the performance in the centre of Argyle’s midfield.
Four days later, he made a telling contribution as a substitute in a 1-0 win against Cheltenham Town, and since then has played in every match, starting all but one.
“David Fox is an experienced player,” said Adams. “He’s 32 years of age, he started at Man United; played a few seasons in the championship with Norwich and a few other clubs.
“What he does well is he retains possession of the ball. That’s vital in this game – you see it the higher level you go. He ticks the ball over, he sees a pass. He doesn’t just play short passes, he plays long passes as well.
“He’s a good talker, and can organise as well; he’s been captain of Crewe last season. Taking him into the team has helped the other players around him.
“He is an excellent player, he can make a tackle, playing in that area of the pitch. He’s not only a good passer he can time his tackles extremely well.
“He takes up good positions defensively and offensively. We’ve got players in this team that like playing with him because when they make a run he can find them with a pass.”