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‘Something special’ – Leeds United loanee hailed by Plymouth Argyle pundit amid statement display

Plymouth Argyle pundit Hasney Aljofree has said Leeds United loanee Darko Gyabi could be ‘something special’ for the Pilgrims after the win over Middlesbrough.

Plymouth Argyle recruited midfielder Gyabi on loan from Leeds United in the January transfer window. The move saw Pilgrims boss Ian Foster quickly put his England youth links to use having coached the 20-year-old in the Young Lions setup.

Gyabi has been viewed as a bright prospect since joining the Whites from Manchester City’s academy, but a senior breakthrough at Elland Road has eluded him. He’s only made five first-team appearances for the Yorkshire outfit and had played just a minute of Championship football prior to his Home Park switch.

Since that move though, Gyabi has locked down a starting spot with the Pilgrims. And, at the weekend, he put in arguably his best display to date.

Operating in a more attacking role, the Leeds United loanee’s parried shot set up Matty Sorinola’s opener before assisting Ryan Hardie’s goal too. His performance has earned high praise too, coming from ex-Plymouth Argyle man and BBC Radio Devon pundit Hasney Aljofree.

As quoted by Plymouth Live, Aljofree said:

“The guy has got talent. He can create with his footwork the way he plays, his passing was outstanding at the weekend. I thought it was a bit of a masterstroke from the manager playing him higher up because we thought Randell might have played there.

“For me, that’s where you want to see him Gyabi because he’s going to hurt teams with his quality. It was something different for Argyle that they can use now.”

He would later add:

“There is no way he has had them type of clubs [Leeds United and former club Manchester City] without having that talent and ability. I think sometimes it just takes a bit more time for players to come into their own and maybe Argyle are going to reap the rewards of Gyabi getting a run of games.

“I think someone like him certainly has the talent to go and show what he’s all about. He’s young, he’s fearless, he seems to be a great person as well, hard-working. He has got all the attributes to do well. I think at the weekend it was like ‘Wow, this could be something special for Argyle’.”

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After putting in an impressive display in a new role against Middlesbrough, Gyabi will be hoping to really kick on over the rest of the campaign. A loan at Championship level is a big chance for him to show Leeds United what he’s capable of on the senior stage.

An advanced role could help him to that, proving he’s not just a youth prospect, but an asset at first-team level too.

He looks to have found a regular starting role in the Plymouth Argyle side and maintaining that will be key for the remainder of the season. The Pilgrims sit 15th in the Championship table after a first win in four games, but they’re still only five points clear of the drop.

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