David Nugent’s return sparked wild fanfare among Preston fans, with the veteran striker coming back to Deepdale 12 years since leaving.
The deal seems almost entirely nostalgic, with Nugent fading fast on the pitch, but it’s created a buzz. Fans are excited to see him in action for Preston once again, with a rapturous reception anticipated.
However, one man may not be quite so happy to see Nugent return to Deepdale – and that’s fellow striker Louis Moult.
Moult, 27, arrived with a burgeoning reputation in January 2018, having excelled in Scotland with Motherwell. Moult smashed 50 goals in 98 games for the Scottish Premiership side, becoming a hero at Fir Park.
Almost three years since leaving English football – and that was in non-league – Moult was back for another go. Whilst billed as not being a replacement for Jordan Hugill, Moult was the only striker brought in as Hugill left, immediately adding a little pressure to him.
Moult struggled to make an immediate impact, scoring just twice in 11 games. Last term, he was in and out of the side, suffering injury problems which caused the January signing of Jayden Stockley.
Moult finished the campaign with five goals in 27 games, often coming off the bench. Now, with Nugent back, Moult may now find himself fourth-choice striker behind Nugent, Stockley and Seani Maguire.
It’s unfortunate really. Most fans like Moult; he’s a great person, his community work is outstanding, and he’s a hard worker on the pitch. Sadly, it just hasn’t quite clicked in front of goal, and that Nugent is in may just leave the writing on the wall for Moult.
An experienced striker with great work rate, a fantastic personality and goals in the past, Moult won’t be short of interest. For instance, Luton Town have been linked this year.
Salford City on the cards?
We’re now hearing that Moult has interest from League Two side Salford City, who can pay a chunk of Moult’s wages. Such a move would keep him in the area and give him regular playing time, whilst playing for an ambitious club with star-studded backing. Manager Graham Alexander’s ties to North End may even help facilitate a deal.
League Two seems like a major step down for Moult though, who would be great for a League One or even lower Championship side. Whether that deal comes off, we’ll have to wait and see, but it would no surprise to see Moult move on having slipped down the pecking order.