Preston may well be in the market for another midfielder come the end of the season.
Yes, Ryan Ledson has kicked over the last year. Yes, Ben Whiteman has shown promise since arriving in January.
Yet there is plenty of reason to think about bringing in a central midfielder. Paul Gallagher’s playing days appear to be winding down, Alan Browne is better as a number 10 and it’s unclear whether Tom Bayliss has a long-term future at the club.
Jayson Molumby will head back to Brighton and Hove Albion and doesn’t look likely to return, so adding another midfielder on the cheap could be smart.
One player Preston should consider is Motherwell’s Allan Campbell, who finds himself out of contract at the end of the season – meaning North End can land a bargain, even if compensation would still be needed.
Millwall actually had a bid rejected for Campbell in January because they wanted him as an alternative to Molumby, having seen the Irishman join Preston.
Campbell hits the profile for North End; he’s only 22 and has his best years ahead of him, and the chances are that they can turn a profit on him if he continues to develop.
He may only be small at 5ft 9in tall, but Campbell is tenacious and all-action in the middle of the park, and can bring more bite alongside Ledson following Ben Pearson’s exit.
Campbell is currently starring under North End legend Graham Alexander at Motherwell, and assistant Chris Lucketti – another former Preston skipper – has offered huge praise for Campbell.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Lucketti has admitted that he thinks most Championship clubs – which would include Preston – will be looking at Campbell, even comparing his quality to that of Adam Lallana; Lucketti played with him at Southampton.
Campbell’s potential and all-action style is everything that Preston need and would love, and Lucketti’s backing should be the signal for North End to go and take a close look at the Scot.