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2021/2022

Preston North End

In


Izzy Brown (att) - Chelsea, Matthew Olosunde (def) - Rotherham, Liam Lindsay (def) - Stoke City, Sepp Van den Berg (def) - Liverpool

Out


Billy Bodin (sp) (mid) - Oxford Utd, Josh Ginnelly (sp) (mid) - Hearts, Graham Burke (sp) (att) - Shamrock Rovers, Louis Moult (sp) (att) - Burton Albion, Jayden Stockley (sp) (att) - Charlton Athletic, Paul Gallagher (sp) (mid) - Retired, David Nugent (sp) (att) - Released

Preston endured an up-and-down season in 2020/21, as the Lilywhites went from potential relegation candidates in early 2021, to safe and secure in mid-table when Frankie McAvoy took over from Alex Neil. With Frankie McAvoy taking on his first full season in charge of Preston, there is a general sense of optimism around the club heading into the season, with the feeling Preston can cause a few upsets this season and prove the doubters wrong. The decisions to bring Van den Berg and Lindsay back following successful loan deals were smart and keeps the consistency following a successful end to last season. Adding Brown to the attack was a smart move, as it adds more depth and quality in the attacking areas where Preston did struggle at times last season. McAvoy deployed a 3-4-1-2 when he took over and it paid off, as Preston looked far more cohesive and much more dangerous going forward. Expect more of the same to start this season as the Scot will look to keep the momentum going from last season. Preston really struggled in defence last campaign, although that changed in the 2nd half of the season, it's still McAvoy's biggest concern and one he must address heading into 2021/22 if North End are to make a strong push for the play-offs.

Target


Mid-Table. Frankie McAvoy will need to hit the ground running if Preston are to make any noise towards the top of the table, but will certainly have his work cut out. Mid-table would be seen as a satisfactory season for the Lilywhites.

Season Review
2020/2021

№13: Preston North End

The 2020/21 season was certainly one to forget for Preston. In a season which offered much hope after their 9th place finish in 2019/20, Alex Neil's side failed to put together any consistency and failed to make that final push into the play-offs. In particular, home form was a big disappointment, winning just 7 of their 23 games there which was a big reason why Preston were languishing in 16th place when Alex Neil was sacked in March. Frankie McAvoy took over and his appointment was met with scepticism, but the Scotsman did a stellar job and guided the Lilywhites to 13th place come the end of the season, which will be seen as a positive heading into next season. One of their key strengths was their away form. The Lilywhites picked up an impressive 35 points on the road, rather an anomaly for a side lingering towards the lower end of the table. Preston finished the season with the 7th best away record in the Championship. A huge positive for Preston were the performances of Ryan Ledson and captain Alan Browne for the second year running. Both players provide a beacon of hope for North End fans and the club would be wise to build around these two players in the years to come. After their positive end to the season, the outlook certainly looks brighter for Preston heading into the 2021/22 season.


Player of the Season: Ryan Ledson

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