Congratulations:Plymouth Argyle successfully re-signed a former Chelsea player, who went on to thrive at Home Park…Read more.

The man in question has been hugely influential during his second spell with Plymouth Argyle.

Securing the services of a loanee from a club like Chelsea is always promising for a side further down the English pyramid.

Despite only spending a brief spell in Devon, Houghton made a memorable impact, so much so that he returned to Argyle further down the line, and remains there now.

Houghton graduated from the infamous Cobham academy but never made a professional appearance in the blue of Chelsea.

Instead, loan moves to Gillingham, Argyle, and Doncaster Rovers occurred between 2015 and 2018.

Doncaster was the final of the three clubs that he joined but he spent two seasons at the Keepmoat, totalling 76 appearances and even helping them gain promotion out of League Two.

Argyle, too, were playing in the fourth tier when Houghton first arrived at Home Park. Despite being described as a defensive midfielder, the Green Army quickly saw him as much more than that. Instead, he proved to be highly technical and someone who could progress the ball as well as break up play.

He played 10 times in that campaign and many supporters were disappointed he didn’t return for the following summer, which made his eventual return to the South Coast all the more satisfying.

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