The summer transfer window is on the horizon, and Preston have plenty of work to do ahead of next season.
We saw eight players come in and eight leave in January, and we’re likely to see more business from North End this summer.
Here’s a five-point plan for what North End need to accomplish this summer…
Bring back Iversen and Van den Berg
This one is an easy one and likely to be top of North End’s wish list for the summer. Goalkeeper Iversen and defender Van den Berg both excelled on loan in the second half of last season having arrived from Leicester City and Liverpool.
Preston do have first refusal on an extension for Van den Berg, but it’s unclear whether that deal will happen. Iversen will be a tougher deal; both Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Ward are at the European Championships, and they won’t want to let Iversen go without knowing their top two goalkeepers are fully fit.
Find another left-sided centre back
Preston allowed Ben Davies to leave for Liverpool in January, and in came Liam Lindsay as a replacement. The Scot is left-footed, so that made sense in a back four.
In Frankie McAvoy’s back three though, Lindsay is better-suited to play as the most central defender. He doesn’t quite have the pace to be dragged out into wide areas as a left-sided defender in a back three, and that means North End must look to find another option there.
Sort out the right back situation
Darnell Fisher was sold in January, and Preston’s right back situation looks to be less than ideal heading into next season.
Joe Rafferty hasn’t been in favour, Alan Browne is better in midfield ad Van den Berg may not be back – he isn’t even a right back by trade. It’s time to find at least one, maybe even two right backs, with Luke O’Nien on the radar.
Contracts – it’s that time again
We had this fun last year; Ben Davies, Ben Pearson, Alan Browne and Daniel Johnson were all entering the final year of their contracts, and trying to get them to stay was not easy.
The likes of Patrick Bauer, Jordan Storey, Andrew Hughes, Brad Potts, Scott Sinclair ad Tom Barkhuizen are all out of contract in 2022, and Preston will soon need to decide whether or not to push for extensions.
Bring in more ‘saleable assets’
By selling Davies and Pearson in knockdown fees, the cupboard is now getting a little bare in terms of young players that North End can develop and sell on for profit.
Preston now need to bring in more Under-23’s this summer and restock that cupboard, adding players with sell-on value for the future.