, Plymouth Argyle winter target struggling for game time after opting for Eredivisie switch

Plymouth Argyle winter target struggling for game time after opting for Eredivisie switch

Plymouth Argyle made a string of new signings in the January transfer window after Ian Foster was named as permanent manager early in the month.

Plymouth Argyle were able to bring in six new faces, bolstering the ranks while also covering for losses of loan starts Luke Cundle and Finn Azaz. Lino Sousa, Ashley Phillips, Darko Dyabi and Alfie Devine joined temporarily while Matty Sorinola and Adan Forshaw joined on permanent deals.

There were other players linked who ended up heading elsewhere though, with Cypriot international Loizos Loizou among those on the radar who didn’t come to Home Park.

It was reported halfway through the month that the Pilgrims were eyeing a loan-to-buy deal for the 20-year-old winger, who was on the books with Omonia Nicosia in his native. However, Loizos instead moved to Eredivisie side Heerenveen on a straight loan despite also drawing attention from West Brom, Basel, Anderlecht and unnamed Italian clubs.

However, since heading to Holland, it’s not been the smoothest time for Loizou.

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Loizou joined Heerenveen in the latter stages of January but he’s not been able to find game time with the Eredivisie outfit. The talented youngster has played in only two of the six league games since his move, with those two outings both coming off the bench and totalling only 38 minutes.

The lack of a buy option in the loan means there is not much time left for him to have a telling impact with the club either. Nine games remain in the Eredivisie season for Loizos to break into the side and kick on.

Given that Heerenveen were the choice of the youngster when Plymouth Argyle and plenty of other clubs were keen, it’s a shame he hasn’t been able to kick on in the Netherlands. The Pilgrims were keen on inserting a buy option too, so it could have been a move for the long-term too, rather than a brief half-season loan with little time to settle and make an impact.

He’s previously proven himself as a danger on the left and right-wings and has played in behind as no.10 before too. Loizos and talisman Morgan Whittaker in behind Ryan Hardie could have been an exciting prospect in the Championship, especially given that the Cypriot has been tested in European football before.

We’ll never know just how Loizos would have fared had he joined Plymouth Argyle but after heading to Heerenveen, it hasn’t gone quite as hoped for the Kokkinotrimithia-born prodigy.

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