Panutche Camará has become a regular occurrence both on the team sheet and at the end of Devonian tongues in recent weeks, but that hasn’t always been the case. The Plymouth Argyle midfielder has taken strides forward in 2021 and has found his form for the League One side.
Joining from League Two Crawley Town in the summer, he was Ryan Lowe’s third and, by far, most major signing of the 2020 summer transfer window coupled with striker, Ryan Hardie.
Performing in Lowe’s build-up playstyle has suited the lean box-to-box midfielder, and has given him freedom alongside Danny Mayor, as being the two key players in joining the attack.
Despite not registering the stats to back up the performances on display, it is clear to any of the Greens’ opponents and Argyle fans alike that Panutche Camará is one of the primary and critical building points of this team, for the present, and the future.
A sense of mystery in the summer
Initially, Argyle supporters were left questioning the move and how Camará fit, following the signing of him in the summer.
Starting his trade at non-league side Dulwich Hamlet, he hit form and was subsequently offered a contract by League Two side Crawley Town, although still unknown to many. Becoming a first-team regular was inevitable at Crawley, and Camará did just that, playing in 119 games across three seasons, scoring seven and assisting nine in all competitions.
Again, the numbers don’t favour him, and this needs to be added to his game to enable him to step up a level. It is Camará’s determination and motor drives him through each fixture, offering a threat in attack and solidity in defence. Playing in Crawley’s home game against the Pilgrims in September 2019, he would’ve seen Lowe’s football firsthand, as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Joining on 7th August 2020, Camará instantly became a fan favourite to many, but has only really hit his stride since the new year. Camará is now viewed by most as undroppable from the starting XI.
Recent run of form
If you focus on his performances since the start of the new year, Camará has worked his way into contention for Player of the Year for both Plymouth Argyle and League One.
As previously mentioned, sadly, the stats won’t back up the impressive displays. Still, Camará’s determination and willingness to win possession, his endless running, and a penchant to pick passes in the final third, has caught the attention of a section of League One football fans.
With 25 chances created and 24 key passes this season, Camará is the driving force in Argyle’s attacking movements. Playing alongside Mayor has allowed him to get into positions to be a threat in front of goal, either for himself or his teammates.
However, he also is a vital member of a defence that has been a highlight of Argyle’s unbeaten league start to 2021; seven recoveries in the Swindon game alone emphasises the need and willingness Camará puts into helping Lowe’s side defensively.
In addition, two man-of-the-match performances followed closely by a starring performance against Accrington Stanley, points the question towards why he hasn’t received the recognition he deserves.
Despite missing a glaring opportunity in front of goal in Argyle’s FA Cup fourth-round match with Sheffield United, Camará was by far the standout performer in green. The FA Cup showing was followed by a goal-scoring man-of-the-match performance against Swindon three days later, before assisting Luke Jephcott for his 14th League One goal in the draw against Accrington Stanley.
In 27 games this season, Camará has five goals and one assist, and this is picking up form game-by-game. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the League One Team of the Year come the end of the season.
A figure guiding Argyle in the right direction, Panutche Camará is only just finding his feet, but expect him to continue to grow and become a star player in English football for years to come.
Words by Toby Mcluskie – @TobyMcluskie9
Graphic by Sam Ingram – @SamIngram_