Patterson potential might not be enough for Plymouth

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Four points from two games and sitting just outside the play off places is a fantastic start for Plymouth Argyle in League One.

But there is an underlining situation going on that, although isn’t too much of deal right now, could become a huge worry.

The draw against Carlisle was only a draw thanks to new acquisition Rory Patterson and a brilliant strike with literally the last kick of the game. The swivel and shot was a delight for the Green Army to see and his first competitive goal which will hopefully be the start of many to come.

However, it still took the whole match for the Pilgrims to score with Argyle's opening strike partnership of Rory Fallon and Steve MacLean unable to break through the defence.

The lack of goals against Notts County in the League Cup shows we need a goal-scorer, one that can score enough goals to send the Pilgrims up.

As many promoted sides from League One have shown, a forward with at least 20 plus goals is a standard. Looking back at last season, Norwich had Grant Holt, Leeds United had Jermian Beckford and Millwall had Steve Morison.

Looking at Plymouth’s group of strikers, at the moment, it doesn’t look like there is one that will get that many goals.

Rory Fallon has only scored five goals in each of the past two seasons, and in the entirety of Steven MacLean's Argyle career he has only scored five goals. He has scored 20 goals in the past for Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe United, but it has been quite a number of seasons since then.

Bradley Wright Phillips isn’t a proflic scorer either; his best statistics being during his time with Southampton where he scored 8 goals in the 2006-07 season and the 2007-08.

So the reliance would turn to youngster Joe Mason and Patterson. And though there is always the chance that one of them could be the shining light that Peter Reid’s squad needs, both lack the experience to deal with that kind of pressure.

Therefore, Reid needs to sign someone. He has already stated he hopes to bring in a striker, and seeing as Plymouth have yet to truly flex themselves in the transfer market then this seems the ideal time to do so.

Of course this won’t be easy, all the clubs who own the best striker’s won’t be letting them go, so the manager will have to use his contacts and knowledge of the market to get a striker who will score the goals the club needs whilst also being within the club’s financial boundaries.

Sounds like an impossible job, but good luck Mr Reid.

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