No need to worry over lack of Plymouth Argyle transfer news

The lack of transfer speculation surrounding Plymouth Argyle is a cause for concern among some of the Green Army on social media, but that should not be mistaken for a lack of activity behind the scenes at the Championship club.

I am led to believe there is plenty of recruitment work taking place, but Argyle are trying to keep their plans under wraps as much as they possibly can. When your potential targets are players who could also interest bigger, better-financed rivals that is a very sensible strategy to have.

It is worth remembering that it is still only mid-June and lots of key personnel at clubs around the country are currently on holidays so that can delay any deals being done. Also, the summer transfer window does not actually open until this Friday.

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So how have Argyle already announced the signing of Nathanael Ogbeta from Championship rivals Swansea City, you might ask? It is because the 23-year-old's contract with the Welsh club does not expire until the end of this month, after which his move to the Pilgrims as a free agent will become official.

Looking around the Championship as a whole, there have been very few deals confirmed so, all in all, there is no need for the Green Army to worry about the lack of transfer news at the moment. It's still relatively early in the process, and Euro 2024, which starts on Friday, is another additional factor which could delay things.

With social media so all-consuming these days, especially among football fans, there is always a demand for any updates about new recruits, or even just plain rumours, but clubs have to work to their own agendas and timelines.

Argyle are in a good position that many of their squad from the 2023/24 campaign are under contract for at least next season, so new head coach Wayne Rooney has a nucleus to build around.

That does not mean to say there will not be departures, just new recruits. Players such as Saxon Earley, assuming he fully recovers from an ankle injury, and Ben Waine might benefit from loan spells elsewhere to get regular first team football, for example.

Then there is someone like Tyreik Wright, who was on loan to Bradford City in League Two over the second half of last season. It is hard to see him having a future at Home Park.

Rooney will also want to put his own stamp on the Argyle squad and bring in players who can fit into his style of football, which is where the recruitment work becomes so important in identifying the right targets.

You would imagine the chance to play under Rooney, the England legend and Manchester United's record goalscorer, could be quite an appealing prospect to some.

Rooney's managerial record at Derby County, DC United in the MLS and Birmingham City has not been great, but this can be considered as the first time he has been able to build his own squad rather than work with one he has inherited. So the pressure is on him, and Argyle, to get the recruitment right.

With a nine-day training camp in Marbella, Spain, set for July 6-15, Rooney will want to try and add some more new faces in addition to Ogbeta before then because that will be an excellent to get his messages across to his players.

However, there is every chance he could have to be patient for deals to be finalised, especially with loan signings from Premier League clubs who will not start their seasons until mid-August.

Loans have been generally successful for Argyle over recent years, although more so in the summer transfer windows rather than the winter ones, and it is highly likely that will be a market they look to exploit again.

For now, apart from the odd piece of speculation, it is all quiet when it comes to new signings for the Pilgrims, but the mid-summer lull will soon end and all clubs will busily start putting together their squads for the big kick-off in August. Watch this space!