Preston are back in action today, travelling to take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in what almost feels like the start of a new era.
Ben Pearson and Darnell Fisher both left the club on Friday, joining Bournemouth and Middlesbrough respectively after being key parts of Alex Neil’s side.
The good news is that Greg Cunningham is back at the club having re-joined on loan from Cardiff City, whilst Daniel Johnson signed a new contract until 2023 on Friday.
North End now head over the Pennines in search of a big three points, having seen sixth-placed Bournemouth lose 3-1 at Reading on Friday night.
Neil will understandably have decisions to make with his starting XI, and we could see the most exciting XI at his disposal today…
Daniel Iversen has been impressive since arriving on loan from Leicester City, and barring a late injury or pandemic-related problem, he’ll start in goal.
Fisher’s exit means Alan Browne looks to be nailed on at right back, with Paul Huntington and Ben Davies – despite links to Celtic – featuring as the centre backs.
Joe Rafferty’s struggles at left back against Reading means he is unlikely to play there today, but Neil may have to go with a rusty Cunningham or not-fully-fit Andrew Hughes; we’re going to go with Cunningham having trained fully with the team on Friday.
Dropping a ball-winner like Ryan Ledson is something of a gamble, but moving Jayson Molumby into a deeper role alongside Ben Whiteman could be a progressive partnership
That would then free up playmaker Johnson to play as the number 10, adding creativity to the side having committed his future to the club with his new deal.
This could be a great time to bring Tom Barkhuizen back into the side after a couple of games on the bench, allowing Scott Sinclair to move over to the left and support lone striker Emil Riis.
The likes of Connor Ripley, Jordan Storey, Rafferty, Ledson, Brad Potts, Tom Bayliss and Paul Gallagher figure to be options for the bench today.