Preston face tough decision on Ched Evans' future as Wigan Athletic reportedly eye deal

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Preston face tough decision on Ched Evans' future as Wigan Athletic reportedly eye deal

Preston face a decision over the future of striker Ched Evans with Wigan Athletic understood to be interested in signing him.

North End have been desperate for attacking additions this summer but only has arrived so far.

Troy Parrott has come in from Tottenham Hotspur, penning a season-long loan deal.

The Irishman has shown promise in the Preston attack but is still lacking that killer final touch in front of goal.

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Emil Riis hasn’t yet got going this season and it’s clear that Ryan Lowe still needs at least one striker brought in this summer.

That could rise to two though, as Ched Evans is now being linked with a move away from Preston.

Alan Nixon reports that Wigan Athletic are keen on Evans once again having failed to pull off a January move for the striker.

Preston have allegedly said no to a loan move and the ball is now in Wigan’s court as they weigh up whether a permanent deal works.

This is a tricky situation for Preston.

Evans is 33 and is out of contract at the end of the season, so his value in the transfer market is minimal at best.

The Welshman also hasn’t scored a goal since November and hasn’t found the net at all since Ryan Lowe’s appointment.

It’s also something of a surprise that Wigan are keen given that Evans was just sent off against the Latics for a nasty clash with Curtis Tilt.

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That all sounds like Preston should be willing to get rid, but it may not be quite that easy.

Evans is one of few strikers available to Preston right now and letting him leave would exacerbate North End’s lack of attacking options.

Letting Evans go wouldn’t exactly bring in cash to reinvest either, which his something to consider.

Evans does cause problems to defenders at times, mostly off the bench as he uses his physical presence to cause issues.

Preston don’t really have that physical impact from any other attackers, and it would need to be replaced if Evans does go.

It’s unlikely that Evans will land a new deal at Preston, so this is now a tough decision; let Evans go now and try to replace him, or simply have him see out the season given the limited financial benefit of offloading him now.

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