Date: 16th June 2017 at 10:19am
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One of the benefits of Argyle’s promotion to League One is that clubs in the Premier League and Championship will be more willing to send loan players to Home Park.

The higher standard of football in League One will strengthen the position of manager Derek Adams in his search for a loan player with Argyle now recognised as an attractive club for promising youngsters.
Manager’s in the Premier League and Championship are far more likely to allow one of their young players to go out on loan in League One rather than League Two.

Adams also has an excellent record with loan players, with a few exceptions most return to their parent club more experienced, more tactically aware, physically a lot fitter and part of a winning team. Clubs looking to send their players out on loan will know Argyle and Adams will look after them and give them good experience of playing at first team level.

Over the two seasons as Argyle manager Adams has brought in 11 loan players, all from a higher standard of league, with eight of those proving to be a success.

In season 2015-2016 Adams signed eight loan players:

Oscar Threlkeld arrived from Bolton Wanderers at the start of the season and had to wait for his chance to play in the first team. Primarily a right-back Threlkeld also slotted into midfield and was a main stay of the team for the later stages of the season after renewing his loan deal in January; he unfortunately missed the end of season play-off games due to his three month loan period expiring.
He returned the following season as a permanent signing. Verdict – Hit.

Craig Tanner signed on-loan from Reading and stayed for the whole season after extending his loan spell in January.
The tricky winger scored six goals and was a crucial member of the team before fading late in the season. Verdict – Hit.

Local lad and former Argyle youth player Christian Walton answered an emergency call to replace the injured Luke McCormick as goalkeeper. The Brighton shot-stopper played in four games which resulted in two draws and two defeats and no clean sheets and was hesitant between the sticks. Verdict – miss.

Luke Croll was signed from Premier League side Crystal Palace and had a torrid time during his three games for Argyle, although it later transpired Croll suffered a family bereavement which affected his performances. Verdict – miss.

Hiram Boateng also moved on-loan to Home Park from Crystal Palace and had a storming first half of the season with his energy and strength a key factor in midfield.
He returned to Palace halfway through the season and played in the Premier League for the Eagles, after much debate Boateng finally returned to Argyle in March but couldn’t recapture his excellent form during his second loan spell. Verdict – hit.

Daniel Nardiello was signed as a proven lower league goal scorer when he moved from Bury, however his move to Argyle was one of the most mysterious loan signings Adams has made with the striker making just four fleeting substitute appearances and failing to score. Verdict – miss.

Young Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton took a few games to settle at Home Park and then became a permanent member of the first team, making 10 appearances and scoring one goal. Verdict – hit.

Rugged centre-back Jordon Forster moved down from Scottish club Hibernian and played his part in Argyle`s run to the play-offs before a bad injury forced him to miss the latter stages of the season. Verdict – hit.

Striker Jamille Matt is probably the best loan signing made by Adams, the Stevenage player arrived at just the right time as the Greens dropped out of the automatic promotion places and also in danger of missing out on the play-offs. His seven goals in just 14 games ensured Argyle reached the play-off final at Wembley. Verdict – hit.

In season 2016-2017 Adams signed three loan players.

Craig Tanner returned to Home Park for a second season long loan and he repeated his success of the previous season by scoring six goals and playing a part in Argyle’s second place finish and making an astonishing 84 appearances over two seasons as a loan player. Verdict – hit again.

Bustling striker Paul-Arnold Garita was signed from Bristol City at the start of the season and became an instant fans favourite by scoring in the 2-0 win against Devon rivals Exeter City.
Garita struggled with injuries throughout his time at Argyle but was a force on the pitch when fit. Verdict – hit.

Cardiff City winger Matty Kennedy was a huge success during his 17 game loan spell in the second half of the season, adding a new dimension to Argyle’s attack and scoring five goals. Verdict – hit.

All the indications point towards Adams securing some very good loan players to compliment his permanent signings for the new season ahead.