LUKE JEPHCOTT: THE 20-YEAR-OLD PLYMOUTH STRIKER GAINING PREMIER LEAGUE ATTENTION
In January 2020, many fans were questioning why Plymouth Argyle had re-called a young Welsh striker from his loan at, seventh tier side, Truro City but since then it has been a fairytale story for Luke Jephcott.
The U21 Welsh international has become a household name, a year on from his re-call by Ryan Lowe, and his performances so far this season can explain why.
With 15 goals, in all competitions, in 22 total games, you can understand why Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe branded the 20 year old as the “hottest property in the country.”
He scores a goal every 101 minutes in the league and every 122 minutes in the FA Cup.
With 0.88 goals per game and a conversion rate of 43%, second in League One, you can see why the Welsh-born striker is gaining attention from the higher divisions.
Jephcott and on-loan striker Ryan Hardie have formed a superb partnership for the Pilgrims up-front, with all of Hardie’s assists being to his partner in attack.
However, with the Welshman’s production in front of goal being increased from last season, Hardie’s form has taken a hit, but it’s something he’s not too worried about in the long run.
Hardie and Jephcott were a handful for Huddersfield’s defence in their third round FA Cup tie on the 9th of January, with Hardie scoring one of the three goals in the Greens win and Jephcott showing his skill off the ball, assisting the Scotsman.
With 13 goals in 19 league games this season, Jephcott sees himself sit first in the race for the Golden Boot, tied with Peterborough’s Jonson Clarke-Harris, but it’s not just his scoring that has caught the eye of Championship and, reportedly, Premier League clubs.
He is a hard working striker and thrives on the system Lowe has in place down in Devon.
Playing his usual 3-5-2 formation, Lowe allows his strikers to drop in to receive the ball but also relies on constant work and pressure from his two men up top.
A product of the Argyle academy, Jephcott is a fan favourite amongst the Green Army and his 22 goals for the club in 47 games explains why many fans and Lowe are reluctant to let him leave and potentially halt the continuation for a push to the Championship.
According to the Athletic, reports have suggested that former European champions Nottingham Forest have been keeping tabs on the Argyle striker but Ryan Lowe insists that Argyle are in no rush to sell their in-form man.
This has then also put the fire out on Twitter rumours on Plymouth accepting a £1 million bid from Premier League side Newcastle United, with many fans calling out the reports and ending the speculation quickly.
Lowe also insisted that the most recent signing of Niall Ennis, on a permanent basis, from Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers, was not a replacement for Jephcott.
Luke Jephcott will now look to impress in front of Premier League opposition this weekend, when Plymouth Argyle face Sheffield United in the fourth round of the FA Cup and in a game many fans believe could have an upset on the table.