So I haven’t done a football related blog in a while. We are just into the new EFL Sky Bet League 2 season, my team Plymouth Argyle currently sit 3rd after 6 games and a slow start to the season. 4 wins on the bounce and 3 clean sheets have shot Argyle up to the top 3 with some impressive performances and more like the team we saw last season. Winning away at Notts county 1-2, 2-0 at home to Promotion chasing Mansfield Town, 0-1 away at recently League 1 relegated Blackpool, and a scrappy last minute winner from Sonny Bradley at home to Cheltenham Town. Grinding out wins in poor conditions is a sign of good things to come for the Devon club. As we saw from last season, Argyle had a lot of good attacking players with pace, counter attacking with Wylde and Tanner on either side brought a new dynamic look to the squad last season, and eventually taking us to the Sky Bet League 2 Play Off Final against eventual winners AFC Wimbledon. We can learn from that experience, it was a good day out for the fans. I believe we have a stronger, in depth squad than we did last season, more permanent signings this time around. After a complete shake up of the playing squad that saw Captain Curtis Nelson move to League 1 team Oxford Utd, who were promoted from League 2 last season. A big hit for a team that has had him in the team since the last seasons of our Championship days. Amongst others to leave were Gregg Wylde to Millwall, Carl McHugh to Motherwell in a controversial move, Play Off Semi Final Scorer Peter Hartley moved to League 1 Bristol Rovers, also promoted from League 1 last season along with Northampton Town. So some key signings needed to be made but I imagine myself, and the rest of the Green Army were delighted when Graham Carey agreed to stay at Home Park. A clear fan favourite and it’s not hard to see why. A real driving force in the Argyle side last season, and has continued his form again into this season as well with a cracking double against Mansfield (the second one was a thing of beauty, Messi who?) A player who signed on a free transfer last summer Scottish side St Mirren, an absolute bargain for what he has already done at Argyle. A small player with a great left foot, able to switch the ball left to right, able to ping a 40 yard cross ball to a players feet, has all the tricks that would make Championship teams take a look at him (Apparently Wolves had enquired in the summer), pace, agility, an eye for goal, the boy is clearly special. I personally haven’t seen such a talented footballer at Home Park since the arrival of a certain Mr Akos, which speaks values in how highly rated he is, not just my opinion but I’m sure a few people would agree. In the eyes of the fans he is the clubs most important player, anything Argyle do in this current new Season, he will be the driving force of it I’m sure. Some people say Pele asked him for advice, but I’d take that with a pinch of pasty and cider. Next week I will post another blog on who are my bets for promotion in the League 2 season.
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