ON-LOAN winger Tope Obadeyi will return to Bury when his loan spell at Argyle ends in the first week of January.
New Bury manager David Flitcroft has stated the speedy 26-year-old will ‘definitely’ be part of his future plans for the club.
Obadeyi signed for the Shakers in the summer, after playing in Portugal last season, but had been out of favour before Argyle snapped him up on loan last month.
He has made four starts and two substitute appearances for the Pilgrims, and scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to York City on November 16.
Obadeyi has missed the last two matches after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Burton Albion at Home Park.
He would have been fit to play for Argyle tomorrow had their opponents not been Bury.
However, under the terms of his loan deal, Obadeyi is not allowed to take part in the match.
Obadeyi has previously worked with Flitcroft during a loan spell with Rochdale in the 2009/10 season.
Flitcroft was the assistant manager to former Argyle defender Keith Hill at the time. The 39-year-old was appointed by Bury last week, only nine days after he was dismissed by Championship club Barnsley.
Flitcroft has already dashed any hopes Pilgrims’ boss John Sheridan might have had of extending Obadeyi’s loan.
He said: “I must admit I’m scratching my head as to why a player of Tope’s pace and quality is not available to me at this football club.
“How and why I am not able to utilise him this weekend is beyond me.
“Under the terms of his deal, I’m not able to bring him back early, but he’s definitely in my future plans.”
Obadeyi was ruled out by his injury when Argyle lost 2-0 away to Chesterfield last Saturday.
So, instead, he returned to the north-west of England and watched Bury draw 1-1 with Northampton Town.
That gave him a chance to catch up with Flitcroft, following his appointment as manager.
Obadeyi can play in Argyle’s League Two games away to Oxford United on Boxing Day and at AFC Wimbledon on December 29, as well the Devon derby against Torquay United at Home Park on January 1, before the end of his loan.
He said: “Hopefully, I can get my match sharpness back, keep fit and show what I can do. If I do go back up (to Bury) we will see what happens then.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here (at Argyle). Obviously, I have been injured, which was a bit of a downfall, but I played the first few games.
“I get along well with the lads and the manager gave me the opportunity to come down and play some games so I’m thankful for that. Hopefully, I can show that in the next few games.”