If Preston are missing one thing ahead of the final stages of the playoff race, it’s a quality goalscorer.
As much as fans get frustrated with North End’s lack of firepower, Preston have at least tried in recent times. In 2018, North End missed out on a couple of big-money strikers.
One was Keiffer Moore, as Preston couldn’t convince Barnsley to sell. The other was Adam Armstrong, with Peter Ridsdale referring to him with these comments below.
PR: “We made a bid this summer that was accepted that would have broken our transfer record but regrettably that player went to another club as he had played for that manager twice before.” #pnefc
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) September 17, 2018
The club record fee would have been £3million in total, with Sky Sports claiming it was £1.75million up front and another £1.25million in add-ons.
Armstrong chose Blackburn, having worked with Tony Mowbray at Coventry City and then on loan at Blackburn, before turning his move permanent.
Five goals and three assists last season suggested that Preston maybe hadn’t missed out on all that much, but Armstrong is really hitting his stride with Rovers now.
The 23-year-old has hit four goals and four assists in his last 10 games for Blackburn, notably scoring an absolute screamer against Hull City last week, and he even scored against Preston last month.
Armstrong has been used all over the Blackburn front line, which is something that Alex Neil would have loved to utilise, and his form may now see him earn a Premier League return.
Lancs Live claim that Blackburn want an eight-figure fee for Armstrong this summer amid Premier League interest, meaning they may be able to earn more than three times what they paid.
Blackburn won the race for Armstrong and are now reaping the rewards; with Rovers pushing for a playoff place too, North End will hope that Armstrong doesn’t come back to haunt them this season.