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Sport Why Wolves chose Plymouth Argyle as loan destination for defender Nigel Lonwijk

06:00  31 july  2022
06:00  31 july  2022 Source:   plymouthherald.co.uk

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Wolverhampton Wanderers believe their 19-year-old Dutch defender Nigel Lonwijk will benefit from 'going into a very good coaching environment' at Plymouth Argyle after joining them on a season-long loan.

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Matt Jackson, Wolves' strategic player marketing manager, has outlined what he hopes Lonwijk will get out of his time at Home Park to the Premier League club's official website.

Argyle play a style from the back under Steven Schumacher which Jackson feels will suit Lonwijk and further his development after a season-long loan to Dutch top flight side Fortuna Sittard last season.

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Lonwijk made 22 appearances for Fortuna, including seven starts, and became the club's youngest ever scorer in the Eredivisie when he was on target in a 1-0 win away to PEC Zwolle last December.

Prior to joining Argyle today, Lonwijk signed a deal with Wolves until the summer of 2025, with the club holding the option of an additional year.

Jackson said: "Nigel was excellent at Fortuna, and for young centre-backs, it’s very, very tough to get game time, but he did that last season and we now want him to experience English league football and progress through this pyramid.

"There’s a really good mix in League One now, with some big sides – in which Plymouth are one – and teams obviously play a lot more games, they play to big crowds and there’s a tougher intensity to the league.

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"Eredivisie tends to be more technical and slightly slower paced, so giving Nigel those varied experiences is exactly what we’re trying to do to support his development.

"Although he’s a very mature player for his age, he’s at the stage where he still needs that experience of games in different environments, and he’s going into a very good coaching environment down at Plymouth.

"They play a style from the back which we feel will suit him, but he’s got to go there and be competitive – something that you always have to be as a young centre-back – force your way into the team and play consistently well to stay in that team.

"If he can be a successful centre-back in Eredivisie and in English football, and is able to combine the qualities that both leagues have, then Nigel will be a top player."

Lonwijk had a trial with newly-promoted Championship club Rotherham United earlier this month and played in pre-season games against Harrogate Town and Salford City.

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He has not featured for Wolves at first team level but did make one start and one substitute appearance for their under-21s' side in the Football League Trophy in 2020/21.

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