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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 August, 2003, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Plymouth season preview
Argyle have no shortage of strikers but all Pilgrims fans know that the team is crying out for a 20 goal-a-season man.

Marino Keith showed last season he could manage that tally - if he starts 46 games and maintains that form.

Mickey Evans is also a capable scorer, but whether he can sustain 40 games a season nowadays remains to be seen.

Elsewhere, French midfielder David Friio can be a force at this level and his compatriot, goalkeeper Romain Larrieu, remains an important figure.

Argyle manager Paul Sturrock has admitted that he faces a selection headache ahead of the new Second Division campaign.

A number of his players have staked a claim for a first-team place during pre-season.

"There's a good 15 boys who have stated a case. I think it's left me with a lot of food for thought," said Sturrock.

"But that's the way you want it. One of the midfield players out of five is going to be disappointed."

The big question is whether Argyle can improve on last season - and even mount a promotion challenge in their 100th year as a professional club.

They finished eighth last term in their first year back in Division Two.

Sturrock wants to see progress being made both on and off the field, but a higher League finish is a tough proposition.


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