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2020/2021

Preston

In


Kevin O'Connor (Def) Waterford FC - End of loan; Graham Burke (Att) Shamrock Rovers - End of loan

Out


Josh Ginnelly (Mid) Hearts; Connor Simpson (Att) Cork City; Tom Clarke (Def) Salford; Jack Armer (Def) Carlisle; Michael Crowe (GK) Free Agent

Preston had a good campaign in the 2019/20 season, only narrowly missing out on the play-offs by 4 points. The Lilywhites had the chance to sneak in but faltered once the season resumed in June. Over the summer, Preston have successfully kept hold of their core squad of players. Manager Alex Neil knows if he can keep the feel-good factor in the camp they can carry some good momentum into the season. In the transfer market, it's been quiet for Preston with not a lot of activity going either way. The only incoming players are O'Connor and Burke who are returning from their respective loan spells with neither player expected to get into the first XI. Alex Neil has made it clear he's looking to bring in additional faces and a striker is strongly on the cards before the window slams shut on October 5. A real strength for Preston is their midfield. The mix of talent and experience in the middle of the park gives them an advantage over most teams in the division. Preston's main weakness is the absence of an out and out striker. This plagued them last season in their play-off push. A strong full back is also a pressing need.

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Play-offs. Alex Neil knows the minimum target for this season is the play-offs after just missing out last season. Key/regular core players have been kept which is a huge bonus and it will be of no surprise to anyone if Preston solidify their place in the top 6.

Season Review
2019/2020

№9: Preston

Another failed campaign saw Preston flirt with the top six for periods but in the end they lacked the necessary composure to succeed. They only won twice in nine games since the restart and that was not good enough, though they were just four points away overall. Alex Neil is clearly one of the up and coming managers in English football and he did get the best out of his side in periods. Neil left the impression that he did not always appreciate his best side and chopped and changed it at regular intervals. Preston impressed at home with 12 wins but picked up just six on the road, something they will undoubtedly look to work on. The midfield particularly looked good for Preston this season with Daniel Johnson named player of the season, finishing top scorer with 12 goals. Patrick Bauer and Ben Davies were also a strong showing at the back. But the attack did not fire. Sean Maguire scored only five all season while David Nugent disappointed after signing last summer, finding the net only once. Preston's squad is fairly strong and capable of another challenge next term but are likely to need attacking reinforcements.


Player of the Season: Daniel Johnson

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