Plymouth Argyle are starting to see the best of Conor Grant, according to manager Ryan Lowe
Although the Pilgrims are on a run of four successive League One defeats, Grant has had an excellent season so far.
The 25-year-old Everton academy graduate has scored three goals and has a team-high five assists.
The latest of those came when his cross was finished off by Luke Jephcott in the 2-1 defeat by Ipswich Town at Home Park on Saturday.
Grant started at left wing-back in that match after previously being a regular in central midfield.
Pilgrims’ boss Ryan Lowe put him in that position because George Cooper was ruled out by an injury.
Cooper took a blow to a knee in the previous game against Rochdale, also at Home Park.
Lowe has used the versatile Byron Moore at left wing-back before but decided not to do so against Ipswich and went with Grant instead.
Lowe said: “Conor is a fantastic player. We played him at left wing-back, for having that balance.
“We felt Byron, when he has played there, we haven’t got the balance of the left foot.
“Conor was terrific there. He has always been a good player but he’s becoming a very good player.
“You want to get the best out of not just Conor but all of the lads, and he’s certainly doing that now.”
Jephcott’s goal against Ipswich was his ninth of the season in all competitions and his seventh in the last eight games.
The Pilgrims’ top scorer was replaced by Ryan Hardie in the 68th minute because of a slight injury.
Lowe said: “He was struggling with a bit of a thigh, hence we brought him off for some freshness.
“He has been terrific and long may that continue. If he keeps scoring we will be fine.”
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Jephcott is the joint fifth top scorer in League One on seven goals, along with Lincoln City’s Jorge Grant.
Portsmouth’s John Marquis tops the list on nine, with Callum Camps (Fleetwood), Jonson Clarke-Harris (Peterborough United) and Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) all on eight.