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Ex-Preston loanee Stephy Mavididi shining in France

Over the years, Preston have welcomed a number of young loanees who have gone on to carve out decent careers despite struggling at Deepdale.

Just look at Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck and Josh King; none of them particularly impressed with North End, but are currently Premier League strikers.

Lukas Nmecha could be the latest to kick on after a slightly underwhelming spell with Preston, and Stephy Mavididi is thriving in France.

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Mavididi, 22, joined Preston on loan for the 2017-18 season, becoming Alex Neil’s second signing as North End boss as he arrived from Arsenal.

The versatile attacker had impressed at Charlton before heading to Lancashire, but found success hard to come by with North End; he failed to score in 11 outings for Preston.

Since then, Mavididi has headed back to Charlton, earned a shock move to Juventus, starred on loan at Dijon and now completed a permanent move to Montpellier in a nomadic career.

Mavididi has hit six goals in 23 games for Montpellier this season, and particularly impressed on Sunday with a superb brace against Rennes.

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Playing as a left-sided winger, Mavididi scored a predatory opener before a superb piece of skill to beat two defenders, firing in his second.

Mavididi may have been a bit-part figure in a forgettable spell at Preston, but he was so good on Sunday that journalist Robin Bairner suggested that he was playing like a combination of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

That may have been somewhat hyperbolic, but it’s clear that Mavididi is fulfilling his potential in France – and join the list of former loanees thriving after leaving Preston.

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