Pretty much all Preston fans have heard what Ben Pearson has had to say over the last few days.
Pearson has spoken to our friends at From The Finney in a two-part interview, discussing his time at North End having left for Bournemouth in January.
The midfielder was a hero at Deepdale, with his tenacious, all-action displays making him a crowd favourite.
Many were upset when Pearson left. He chose to leave inside the final six months of his contract, joining Championship side Bournemouth.
Pearson has now talked about his exit, and many of the comments reflect exactly how North End fans have felt for years now.
Pearson questioned why Preston didn’t really kick on and attack the transfer market after finishing just two points outside of the playoffs in 2018.
The former Manchester United ace was frustrated at the inability to sign Adam Armstrong, suggesting that Preston should have been committing more money to really strengthening the side.
Pearson feels that Preston should have been pushing for £3million, £4million signings instead of seemingly capping at £1.5million, highlighting that North End are seemingly hoping for a season where everything goes absolutely perfectly in order to win promotion.
Owner Trevor Hemmings was even a subject of conversation, with Pearson wondering why he isn’t throwing more money at trying to win promotion given that he is now approaching 86 years of age.
Fans have debated these topics for years now, seemingly resigning themselves to North End never really having a go at promotion and being happy sitting as a mid-table Championship side.
It’s one thing to find fans with similar views, but for a player who only left the club a matter of months ago to come out publicly with the same criticisms says a lot.
The players seemingly know that there are limited ambitions at Preston, and they may have to leave in order to take that next step; hence Pearson’s move to another Championship club.
This felt like a big message from Pearson, becoming the first player to really air these views having been on the inside of the club.
He echoed the feelings of Preston fans, and there are mixed feelings about that.
Maybe North End will take notice and push in the future, or maybe it will be the same as it always has been – be a fairly safe and solid Championship club without the resources or plan to crack the top six.
You can imagine that many inside Deepdale were sweating a little as Pearson made his comments, and they may lead to an increase in pressure as fans realise that their thoughts are being echoed by the squad.