Preston have allowed Billy Bodin to leave the club this summer, with his contract now at an end.
The Welsh winger arrived from Bristol Rovers in January 2018, with North End paying around £400,000 to lure him up to Deepdale.
We’ve seen flashes of Bodin’s quality; a couple of great pre-season goals against West Ham United and Southampton stand out, as does a superb performance as a striker at Nottingham Forest in August 2019.
Sadly, injuries ravaged Bodin; a torn ACL in 2018 was a major blow, and he sadly suffered niggling injuries since his return.
This past season, Bodin only managed one league start for Preston, and that came way back on the opening day of the season against Swansea City.
Bodin only played 91 minutes of league action for North End this past season, and with his contract expiring this summer, Preston have let him go.
Bodin has now taken to Twitter to claim that he was actually fit to play from January onwards, but was told that the formation didn’t suit him – most likely in Frankie McAvoy’s 3-5-2 rather than in the 4-2-3-1 often seen under Alex Neil.
North End fans have been responding, suggested that such a stance is ‘baffling’ and that Bodin deserved more of a chance.
Others noted that Bodin could have done better than North End’s other attackers, and could have provided creativity in the final third when North End needed it.