Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe and former defender Sean St Ledger have paid tribute to Everton loanee Tom Cannon.

Cannon was the Sky Sports Man of the Match as PNE beat Blackpool 3-1 at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.

Brad Potts and Ben Whiteman were on the scoresheet in the first half as PNE raced into a 2-0 lead.

Cannon added number three on the break in the second half, effectively killing the game off.

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Jerry Yates did pull one back for Blackpool but it didn’t change the outcome as PNE claimed grabbing rights over the Tangerines.

Cannon was a constant menace and looked absolutely full of confidence in the second half.

The Everton loanee was electric and sharp with his movement, pulling the Blackpool defence all over the place.

That’s three goals in the last four games for Cannon and he looks to be hitting top form.

Before the game even kicked off, Cannon was being hailed on Sky Sports.

PNE boss Ryan Lowe hailed Cannon as a ‘fantastic talent’ and backed him to be a ‘big asset’ for Everton down the line.

Lowe added that Cannon has the ‘world at his feet’ and predicts a ‘big future’ whilst highlighting that Cannon can be a better link-up player.

“He’s a fantastic talent, he’s a finisher and if he can continue to keep scoring goals then he’s going to be a big asset not just for us, but also for Everton,” said Lowe.

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“He’s definitely got the world at his feet, just because of his pace and power, we’re working on him on some stuff like retaining the ball and linking up a little bit better, but he’s definitely got a big future,” added Lowe.

Former PNE defender Sean St Ledger was on punditry duty and heaped praise on Cannon too.

St Ledger raved about Cannon’s ‘absolutely fantastic’ work ethic and thinks both his effort and goalscoring return is a great sign for such a young player in his first Championship loan spell.

“I think his work ethic has been absolutely fantastic,” said St Ledger. “I think when you can add goals to that performance, it’s really exciting for a 20-year-old centre forward to come into the Championship and do really well,” he added.

With Ched Evans now out for the rest of the season, Cannon will be relied upon as PNE’s main source of goals and Everton will be delighted to see his rapid progress during this loan spell.

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