Earlier this summer, Preston had discussed a move to bring in Manchester City goalkeeper Aro Muric. Sadly, we were beaten by Nottingham Forest.
The Kosovo international needs playing time, and North End were hoping to use links with City to get him. After all, we took Brandon Barker and Lukas Nmecha on loan last summer.
However, Forest swooped in and took Muric on loan for the season. The 20-year-old will look to develop under new boss Sabri Lamouchi, but he hasn’t made the best start.
Muric started in goal for Forest against Olympiakos on Tuesday, with Lamouchi’s men heading over to Greece. Owner Evangelos Marinakis also owns Olympiakos, so the pair facing off wasn’t a huge shock.
Sadly, Forest endured a nightmare – and so did Muric. It all started with attempting a Cruyff turn against an Olympiakos attacker, getting his feet caught up underneath him and having to give away a corner.
Muric was a touch hesitant for the first goal, then strangely patted down a header from a corner for the second. It was a similar story for the third, mis-handling a shot before Olympiakos profited from ensuing chaos in the Forest back line.
Muric was taken off at half time, though it’s unlikely to be performance related. It’s pre-season after all, so Lamouchi will have given Costel Pantilimon a chance to shine.
Still, Forest fans were far from impressed with Muric. The young stopper was branded ‘shocking’ and criticised for his handling. Some – surely jokingly – suggested sending Muric back to City already.
It’s only pre-season, and Muric is such a highly-rated goalkeeper, that you’d back him to bounce back and enjoy a great season.
For Preston though, we may be hoping that this is a sign of things to come, just to make us feel that little bit better about missing out on his signature in the first place.
Muric please explain what you were thinking ! #nffc
— AlfieKennedy (@AlfieKennedy12) July 16, 2019
Olympiacos on a different level to the likes of Watson & Worrall… Muric having an absolute shocker & we ain’t even played 10 mins! #nffc
— ᎶᎪᏃ △⃒⃘ (@NffcgazTaylor) July 16, 2019
Muric has had a 'mare in the first few minutes…hope he improves if he's going to be our Number 1 this season!! #nffc
— Russ Sharpe (@RussellSharpe) July 16, 2019
Muric was shocking for both hoals but not 100% to blame. But personally i didnt see anything wrong with pantillimon #nffc
— nobody (@theamazinglamb) July 16, 2019
Muric couldn't hold an egg #nffc
— Peter (@moyesiee) July 16, 2019
Muric having a game to forget. #nffc
— Jake (@jakeadkinsport) July 16, 2019
Muric is allergic to catching the ball 😭😭😂😂 #nffc
— Bradley (@McBrads95) July 16, 2019
Muric having a Nightmare #nffc
— MarkP (@choneslater) July 16, 2019
I think Muric will end up being a good signing but not his best showing so far. #NFFC
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes1) July 16, 2019
Muric at fault for a 3 goals …. handling is awful! Can we send him back? 🤷♂️ #NFFC
— Chris Beecroft (@Chris_Beecroft) July 16, 2019
Muric dipped his gloves in grease or what?! #nffc
— Leigh Sissons (@LSissons17) July 16, 2019
We are three down because of muric, he’s shocking 😂😂 #nffc
— Aidan Stansbury (@stannostnsbry) July 16, 2019
Muric at fault all 3 goals…. simple stuff aswell, not one to knock a player for nothing but he’s had a stinker tonight already…. needs some sticky stuff on them gloves! #nffc
— Finchie. (@Finchie_RG) July 16, 2019
Let's be honest, this Muric's been brought in to make Pantilimon look like Shilton ain't he? #nffc
— B. (@TheBala10) July 16, 2019
As long as you learn lessons from pre season games the results don’t really matter. I’m happy as long as the manager has learnt that Muric is 3rd choice keeper next season at a push #NFFC
— Reg Prescott NFFC (@s_d_j_h) July 16, 2019