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Antoni Sarcevic was one of a number signings made by Plymouth Argyle in the January 2017 transfer window to further their push to promotion, along with notable others Ryan Taylor and loanee Matthew Kennedy.
Playing as a box-to-box midfielder of sorts, the 25 year-old slotted nicely alongside deep-lying midfielder David Fox and started nearly every game from February to May as Argyle won promotion back to League One.
Born in Manchester, Sarcevic started out his youth career at Manchester City from the age of 8 to 16. After being released by City Sarcevic joined the now dissolved Woodley Sports for two years, a Stockport based club, before signing his first professional contract with League Two Crewe Alexandra in 2010.
During his one year at Crewe Sarcevic spent a brief loan spell at Northern Premier League side Chester where he impressed was therefore recalled by Crewe and made a handful of appearances towards the end of the 2010/11 season.
Sarcevic had clearly made his mark on Chester who signed the midfielder permanently in November 2011. Sarcevic spent the next two years with the club helping them win back-to-back promotions to the National League Conference.
After impressing in non-league for Chester, Fleetwood Town snapped him up in June 2013 and Sarcevic enjoyed the most successful period of his career making 138 appearances and scoring 20 goals in three years at the club.
Sarcevic scored in the League Two play-off final against Burton Albion to get Fleetwood promoted in 2014. He also made the League Two team of the season that year due to his 15 goals and 9 assists, as well as his all-round impressive performances in the middle of the park.
The midfielder then joined Shrewsbury on a free transfer in May 2016 but his time there was short lived after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent in December. The following month he joined Argyle as a free agent and scored on his debut for The Pilgrims against Cambridge United.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Sarcevic has bundles of energy to make lunge-bursting runs up and down the pitch which is exactly what you expect from a box-to-box midfielder. The 25 year-old has also shown from his Fleetwood days he has an eye for goal and can also create chances for his team-mates.
The midfielder has shown at Argyle he’s a good passer of the ball, although Sarcevic can be quite conservative at times and Derek Adams will want to see his midfielder taking a few more risks in terms of playmaking to get Argyle in behind their opponents which is something they are stuggling with at the moment.
What They Say
Derek Adams – Plymouth Argyle Manager
“He can play in a sitting midfield role or an attacking midfield role. I made him captain in pre-season because I believe that he’s a vital player for us. At his age, in his mid-20s, we have got high hopes for him for this season.”