Preston’s youth setup hasn’t always been a conveyor belt of talent for the first team.

Josh Earl and Ben Davies have emerged in recent times, with Davies earning himself a huge move to Liverpool off the back of his Preston displays.

Yet with Tyrhys Dolan and Joe Nolan joining Blackburn Rovers after being let go by North End, fans have been left frustrated with the lack of talent coming through.

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There should be excitement over Noah Mawene though, and not just because he’s the son of ex-Preston favourite Youl Mawene.

Youl spent six years with North End, racking up more than 170 appearances for the club whilst becoming something of a cult hero at Deepdale.

His son Noah is now emerging in the Preston ranks, and the midfielder is in frankly unbelievable form for Preston’s Under-18’s right now.

Mawene scored a hat-trick against Accrington Stanley at the beginning of March, and with a brace against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, he now has nine goals in his last nine outings for the Under-18’s.

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Sometimes he is left out given that he is only 16, but when he does play, Mawene is making a staggering impact, and was even captain against Salford City in March.

That goalscoring record is absurd when you consider that Mawene is a midfielder and is playing above his age range right now, showing his quality against older players.

Following in the footsteps of his father would be amazing, and it would be great to bring back to old Youl Mawene chant one day – this time for his son.

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