All summer Preston fans were crying out for a striker to be brought in, yet after Emil Riis’ promising start to the season, attentions seemed to turn elsewhere.
Josh Murphy and Ali McCann were brought in late on on deadline day much to the relief and happiness of the North End faithful.
It seemed as if it was going to be another quiet deadline day and a dismal summer window overall.
Yet those two additions are ones to be excited about. Frankie McAvoy has persisted with his 5-3-2 formation this season so players are going to have to fit into that.
In the forward roles Emil Riis, Ched Evans, Seani Maguire, Scott Sinclair and Tom Barkhuizen have all played a part so far.
As I covered recently, Riis may be the striker North End have been lacking for years and if he’s given the right service he’ll easily hit double figures this season. He’s quick himself but with further pace around him, opposition defences will struggle.
Loan signing Murphy is known as a winger by trade, but he did actually play as a second striker under Mick McCarthy at Cardiff City last season.
Jack Price, a journalist who covers the Welsh side believes he’s perfectly suited to play up front – because his pace allows him to stretch defences.
Murphy may have a point to prove after only starting 12 games for Cardiff last season and playing 1128 minutes in total.
He’ll be keen to impress and Price went on to say he sounds like exactly what is needed at Deepdale, noting that Murphy has ‘bags of flair’ and a ‘brilliant burst of pace’.