Boosting goal return is priority for Plymouth Argyle boss
ADDING to Plymouth Argyle's attacking options remains a key priority for recently-appointed manager John Sheridan.
The Pilgrims are fighting against relegation from the Football League and are short on experience, and goals, when it comes to the strikers who are available to Sheridan.
He will try to rectify that before the visit of 19th-placed Accrington Stanley to Home Park on Saturday.
It will not be easy, though, because of the precarious league position Argyle find themselves in and with the search for more firepower restricted to loans or free agents for financial reasons.
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Sheridan has seen his two most experienced strikers ruled out of action for some time.
Nick Chadwick has served one of his six-match suspension and will not be available until the trip to AFC Wimbledon on February 26.
Meanwhile, former Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney will be sidelined until around the middle of March by an ankle injury.
Their absence leaves Sheridan with five strikers to select from, and two of them are loan signings who have arrived at Argyle in the fortnight since he was appointed as manager.
Ipswich Town's Ronan Murray made his debut in the 2-1 victory over Morecambe at Home Park on January 12.
Gozie Ugwu was signed from Reading last Thursday and is still waiting to play for the Pilgrims for the first time after their away game against Southend United on Saturday was postponed because of a frozen pitch.
Sheridan's other attacking options are Rhys Griffiths, Matt Lecointe and second-year apprentice Tyler Harvey.
At 32, former South Wales firefighter Griffiths is 11 years older than any of the other Argyle strikers.
The average age of the quintet is 21, which includes the teenage trio of Ugwu (19), Lecointe (18) and Harvey (17).
Collectively, the five strikers have made only 38 starts and 56 substitute appearances in the Football League.
Their aggregate goal tally of 13 is 11 less than Port Vale's Tom Pope has scored on his own in League Two this season.
Murray has played the most games (37) and scored the most goals (four) out of Argyle's strikers.
Three of his tally came while on loan to Swindon Town last season, and he got the other one during a short spell at Torquay United.
Griffiths and Ugwu both have three League goals to their credit – with the latter getting all of his while on loan to Yeovil Town earlier this term.
That is one more than Lecointe, and Harvey opened his goalscoring account for the Pilgrims in the 1-1 draw against Torquay United at Home Park on Boxing Day.