Striking Goals

HAVING been a striker himself, manager Ryan Lowe has taken a vested interest in the future of Argyle’s crop of young forwards.

On the books of Liverpool as a youngster, Lowe left the comforts of Anfield to pursue a career in football via the lower leagues. While it ultimately turned out to be successful for Argyle’s manager, he is keen help the young Pilgrims learn from his experience.

“I never started until I was 20, and finished just before I was 40, so I had a good innings. I give the strikers a lot of tough love because I don’t want them to fail,” said Lowe. “The likes of [Luke] Jephcott, [Alex] Fletcher and [Klaidi] Lolos, I don’t want them to fail in their career. I failed as a youngster, I couldn’t get to a professional level until I was 20.”

There are indications that all three are beginning to take Lowe’s lessons on board, with Jephcott netting four goals in an impressive display at Buckland Athletic before joining Truro City on loan. Lolos’ impressive pre-season saw him rewarded with a spot on the bench for the Pilgrims’ Sky Bet League Two opener at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

“I want them to do well, I’m chomping at the bit, hopefully they get it,” said Lowe, who scored over 200 career goals in the EFL.

“Jephcott scored four goals the other week, Fletcher is eager to do it, he scored a couple in pre-season, Lolos too. Just keep scoring goals because that’s what makes you money and gets you good moves.

“They’ve got the best opportunity now, but they’ve got to listen, they’ve got to do it. It’s not life or death, but it’s the making of whether you’re going to earn a lot of money or you’re going to go and play part-time football.”