Ryan Lowe will take charge of his first Preston North End game on Saturday. It’s been a whirlwind week for the club and the fans as Frankie McAvoy departed to make way for the new manager.
Lowe will name his first team for the visit of Barnsley to Deepdale and fans are already anticipating a more attacking style of play.
Lowe has promised he wants to entertain the fans, although his preferred formation isn’t too different to McAvoy’s. We’re hoping there will be better tactics and a clearer plan though.
Whilst there is likely to be three at the back still there should be more attacking players in the squad. Barnsley seem a winnable game on paper as well as they are having a torrid season so far but have recently appointed a new manager themselves in Poya Asbaghi, the former Sweden Under-21 boss.
With that in mind, here is a predicted lineup for Lowe’s first game as Preston manager…
Of course Daniel Iversen will remain in goal. The hope is he won’t be as busy as usual with the ball down at the other end of the pitch.
Injuries will hamper Ryan Lowe’s options here with Sepp van den Berg and Andrew Hughes still struggling with injuries.
They missed the game at Blackburn along with Patrick Bauer but the German should be back for this one. I expect Bauer and Jordan Storey to be in with Liam Lindsay just getting the nod over Greg Cunningham.
Lowe likes to have a deep lying midfielder behind a flat four. We expect Ben Whiteman to be at the base of that, giving him the chance to act as a quarterback spraying balls across the park.
Ahead of him Ali McCann and Daniel Johnson should occupy the central roles. Out wide, Lowe likes to use midfielders more than defensive wing-backs.
Options are limited on the right, so Alan Browne will probably play there and I think he’ll use Scott Sinclair on the left – a more attacking option than we have seen so far this season.
Ched Evans is struggling to be fit for this one so it only really leaves one pairing. Seani Maguire will likely line up with Emil Riis and will hope to have plenty to feed off compared to the usual scraps so far this season.
Predicted Preston lineup – 3-1-4-2: Iversen; Storey, Bauer, Lindsay; Whiteman; Browne, McCann, Johnson, Sinclair; Riis, Maguire