Much has been made of the players that may or may not leave Preston come the end of the season.
Callum Robinson will almost certainly move on soon, having entered the final 18 months of his deal. Ben Pearson and Alan Browne will almost certainly attract interest too, with all three set to command huge fees.
Another player who may well attract interest is defender Ben Davies, even if he’s less heralded. The defender as developed at a rapid rate under Alex Neil, becoming one of the first names on the team sheet.
Formerly a left back, Davies has really his his stride as a centre back. His brief spell at Fleetwood Town was also perfect for his progression.
Davies reads the game well, brings real composure to the back line and is superb playing out from the back. Neil has made reference to Davies’s importance to the side, both for his ability on the ball and bringing balance as a left-footer.
Davies will surely have his admirers, and North End must charge big money for the homegrown talent.
Just days ago, Bournemouth snapped up Brentford defender Chris Mepham. The Cherries forked out a huge £13million fee for Mepham, rising to £15million (Daily Mail).
North End must let the market dictate their asking prices, just as they did when selling Jordan Hugill to West Ham.
In Mepham’s case, it should give North End a strong basis to demand eight figures for Davies if a club moves for him.
Davies is a year older and has more Championship appearances under his belt, giving clubs a greater sample size of his quality. Mepham does have some international experience with Wales in his favour though, impressing under Ryan Giggs.
His size may count against him. Davies stands at just 6ft all, and his future in the top flight may lie as a left-sided centre back in a three-man defence. Mepham, conversely, is 6ft 3in tall and is more of a stereotypical centre back.
Davies has undoubted quality, and having seen Mepham move on for a huge, huge fee, North End would be foolish to take a considerably lower fee whenever interest arrives.