Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott has been named as the EFL’s Young Player of the Month for January, a month which saw the 20-year-old score five goals in five appearances.
The youngster started the season on-loan at Southern League Premier South side Truro City, but following a string of good performances was recalled at the start of the new year by manager Ryan Lowe.
Jephcott was thrown straight in at the deep end but paid his manager back in style with four goals in his first two games, and the forward says he is delighted to receive the award after winning the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award for January as well.
He said: “It is a bit surreal for me really as I was on loan at the start of the season and then I was called back, scored a couple of goals, I never thought I’d be where I am now.
“I couldn’t believe it that I was nominated for the League Two Player of the Month either to be honest with you, especially with some of the names that were nominated alongside me.
“When I got told that I had won the Player of the Month award for League Two I couldn’t believe it was happening,” he continued. Jephcott beat Nicky Adams, Ollie Palmer and Jonathan Maxted to the award as Ryan Lowe was also awarded the League Two Manager of the Month.
“Now to be told I have won this just took me back a little, and I just want to thank everyone who has voted for me.”
The Green Army started 2020 ninth in the League Two standings after a 2-1 loss at home to now-league leader Swindon Town, but ended the first month of the new year in fourth, only a point off the last automatic promotion places.
Jephcott, who has played a huge part in helping the team to pick up four victories out of a possible five in January says, it has been a whirlwind month for him and the squad.
He added: “I was away on loan basically to get my confidence up, get my fitness levels up and to score a couple of goals, when I got recalled, I was expecting to be on the bench but I got told I was starting and I was took back by it.
“When I scored my first goal I really couldn’t believe it to be honest with you, and obviously got my second in the game as well, but then to go on and do it against Carlisle United in my second game I just couldn’t believe what was going on.
“The boys have been fantastic, there is a real good vibe around the place at the moment, we have the belief that we can get to where we want too, as I say it’s just really positive here and we just have to win as many games as we can.
Plymouth are back on home soil at the weekend looking to keep the pressure on the teams in the automatic promotion spots, they welcome Crewe Alexandra to Home Park on Saturday afternoon.