With just two games of the Championship season to go, fans around the country are already looking towards the summer transfer window.
North End supporters are no different, especially with nothing left to play for. Despite a superb run, Preston have fallen short of the playoffs once again.
Five defeats in six have put paid to playoff hopes, and highlighted the need for new signings. With Alex Neil signing a three-year deal, it’s reasonable to expect some major signings this summer. To turn down West Brom and stay at Deepdale, Neil must have been promised a big summer window.
North End have a number of areas to improve on this summer, and significant spending may be needed to progress. That extra bit of quality can take Preston from a good team to a very good team in the Championship.
Ahead of the summer window, Neil has spoke about his plans. Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post, Neil has admitted that he would like to bring in some more experience.
Before fans start thinking about targeting players in their 30’s, Neil’s idea of experienced seems a little different. He noted that Brad Potts fit the bill perfectly when he came in from Barnsley in January. At nearly 25, Potts has already done a fair amount of developing and played in the Championship, yet still has potential to grow.
Those signings are likely to lead the way for North End this summer. Players with Championship experience who can still grow and develop under Neil is the natural progression for the transfer model, rather than bringing in veterans for one final pay day.
Maybe one or two players over 30 will arrive. After all, we’ve seen the impact such players have had with Sheffield United this season. Yet the core of North End’s business will still be bringing in players like Potts, rather than going for free agent veterans like, dare we say it, David Nugent.