Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe has declared that his club are not finished in the transfer window, despite completing two high profile deals this week, writes Ollie Young.
The Pilgrims have, this week, added Frank Nouble and Panutche Camará to their squad ahead of the return to League One in the 2020/21 season. Striker Nouble arrives at Home Park after he was released following the end of his contract at Colchester United, whilst midfield star Camará joins from Crawley Town.
Speaking at Nouble’s unveiling, Lowe said: “We have our targets and we’re going about our business quite shrewdly and it’s working for us. However, we are certainly not finished in the transfer market, we know what we want and we know what we need but we must be patient.”
Lowe also admitted that his spell as pundit helped to convince him to sign Nouble, who was playing for Colchester in the play-off semi-finals against Exeter City in the games that Lowe covered. “I was really impressed with his attitude and application and him playing in the play-offs knowing he wasn’t going to get a deal after really finalised it for me.
“We have known about Frank for a long time and we know all about what he has to offer. He can hold the ball up, he can run in behind, he’s got a few skills, he can go one way or the other and he can use both feet, he is a quality player and we’re pleased to have him here.”
Nouble joins Dom Telford, Luke Jephcott and loanee Ryan Hardie in a quality striking unit but the Greens’ manager admitted he might yet add another one to the mix. He said: “In the forward department, if something pops up where I think I want to do it, I will. There is no better position to have four or five options and we want that firepower.”
Lowe went on to predict that the arrival of Nouble will boost the rest of the striking brigade, adding: “I think they will help each other, I always like the strikers to have a nice little bond together so they’re pushing each other along to be the best. Whoever is starting, the other two have to be ready to step in but Frank is experienced in terms of leadership and that will come to the fore at points but they will definitely all help each other.”
Former West Ham forward Nouble admitted that the opportunity to play up front was a huge factor in him deciding to move to Plymouth.
He said: “The fact that I could play up front was a big appeal to me, the boss has seen my game and he feels like I can add something to the team and have something that is a bit different to what is already here which is good. Wherever I have been before, I have always been shifted out to the wings because I can dribble and that’s affected the number of goals I’ve scored. Hopefully here, I can play more centrally and stack up my numbers.”
The 28-year-old admitted that he had numerous offers on the table but that once he had talked with Lowe and done some background research on the club, he was keen to move to Home Park.
“It all happened quite quickly, it’s a difficult one because you don’t want to shed too much light on who you have been speaking to but there were other offers, in particular from another club in this league. Within a week of speaking to the manager, I spent some time trying to find more out about the club by speaking to ex-players because this is the first time I have joined a club and not known anyone.
“Everyone I talked to, spoke glowingly about the club and I’m very excited to be here,” he added.