Ryan Lowe says loan spells at Plymouth Argyle with young trio Tyrese Fornah, Jerome Opoku and Kell Watts could not have gotten better so far.
Fornah and Watts were borrowed by the pilgrims until the end of the season, respectively from Nottingham and Forest and Newcastle United.
Opoku, meanwhile, is on loan from Fulham until January, although it’s no surprise that Lowe is trying to extend him for the remainder of the campaign.
Lowe said: “The three of them were a breath of fresh air for us. They are honest, good guys who work.
“I’m really happy with them, it couldn’t have been better for them so far.
“There will be ups and downs I’m sure along the way with them, but they’ve been fantastic.”
All three players gain valuable first-team experience to aid their development while Argyle was able to add raw talent to his squad, so it was a win-win.
Here is Lowe’s rating of each player:
21 years old Defender
17 starts, two goals
“Kell was phenomenal. I don’t want to single him out and praise him too much because it’s only a quarter of the season.
“He’s already had two loan spells so he knows what it’s about, and he has two different types of teams.
“At Mansfield they tried to play a bit but were long, and at Stevenage they were definitely long. Now he has entered a football team.
22 years old Defender
Nine starts, three substitute appearances, one goal
“Jerome was at Accrington last season and played a lot of games at left-back and was high on the pitch.
“We played him there against Hull and he did well for his six month absence.
“He went in the middle of the three and he dominated. The way he played against the new seniors who have been at this level for years and years has been very good. “
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Age: 21 years old Midfielder
11 starts, a replacement appearance
“Tyrese has already had a loan, in Portugal (with Casa Pia in the second division). He loves every minute of his time here.
“He’s a great footballer, but we always try to do a little more, so with Tyrese he can handle the ball on the pitch but we want him to move it a little faster, which he knows and understands. “