Plymouth Argyle bring in Guy Madjo to cover injured trio
ARGYLE snapped up Aldershot Town's Guy Madjo on a one-month loan because their attacking options have been depleted by injuries.
Madjo made his debut for the Pilgrims as a 66th-minute substitute for Warren Feeney in the 0-0 Devon derby draw against Torquay United at Plainmoor on Saturday.
A trio of strikers – Nick Chadwick, Rhys Griffiths (both calf) and Paris Cowan-Hall (hamstring) – were all ruled out by injuries.
Madjo, 28, had only arrived in Plymouth on Friday night, so did not have a chance to train with his new team-mates before the game.
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Argyle manager Carl Fletcher revealed Madjo had not needed much persuading to become a Pilgrim.
Fletcher told Herald Sport: "He has been in our thoughts for a little while, but we had to make sure where we were with our players injury-wise.
"Sometimes you try to get players and it takes two or three months, but with Guy we got it done in 15 minutes almost.
"He wasn't starting for Aldershot and he wants to play games.
"It was ideal for us he wanted to come down. As soon as we made the phone call, he was in his car and on his way.
"That shows me he wants to come here, play games and do well.
"It's great we have got him, and he's proven at this level, which is pleasing for us," added Fletcher.
Cameroon-born Madjo signed for Stevenage in the summer of 2011 after a spell in Albania.
However, he played only once for Stevenage before he was loaned to Port Vale last November.
Madjo made five starts and one substitute appearance for Vale and scored four goals.
He returned to Stevenage at the start of January and was soon signed by Aldershot, for whom he had considerable success last season.
Madjo netted eight goals in 23 games, which included 15 starts, for the Shots.
Despite his fine form at the end of last term, Madjo has made only three substitute appearances this term.
Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth has opted for Michael Rankine and Craig Reid as his strikeforce.
Madjo was an unused substitute when the Shots won 2-0 against Argyle at Home Park on the opening day of the League Two campaign.
His last appearance for them came in a 4-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town on September 1.
Holdsworth allowed Madjo to leave so it would free up some money for him to make a new signing.
Madjo's loan spell with the Pilgrims covers seven league games, starting against Torquay and concluding with the visit of AFC Wimbledon on October 6.
Fletcher said: "With all the injuries, it was nice to have him in the squad because if we hadn't had him here it would have been a very young bench.
"You can see he's a big size and he's a presence. He's a bit of a battering ram, so to speak, but he has got an eye for goal, which is pleasing."
Fletcher would not put a timescale on when Chadwick, Cowan-Hall and Griffiths would be fit for selection.
He said: "Guy is only here for a month. We want him to come here and enjoy playing football and try to do well for us, and then we will take it from there."
Herald Sport asked to interview Madjo after making his debut in the Devon derby against Torquay but we were not allowed to.
Aldershot are 20th in the League Two table after drawing 2-2 away to Bristol Rovers on Saturday and Holdsworth is keen to strengthen his squad.
"This is a move that suits Guy and the club," said Holdsworth. "I need to generate some finances to bring in at least one player in the loan window.
"Guy will be able to get more minutes on the pitch, which he needs at this moment in time.
"If he comes back in the sort of form he was in when he joined the club I will be delighted."