Preston have completed their second signing of the summer by bringing Liverpool’s Sepp van den Berg back on loan.
North End re-signed loanee Liam Lindsay on a permanent basis from Stoke City earlier this month, and have now brought back Van den Berg.
The Dutchman joined Preston on loan in February as part of Liverpool’s deal for Ben Davies, and impressed in his 16 appearances for North End.
McAvoy’s comments on Van den Berg position
With Van den Berg back in the building, boss Frankie McAvoy has been commenting on the 19-year-old and how Preston will use him next season.
Van den Berg was signed as a centre back, but then ended up playing at right back, then an even less familiar role as a right wing back.
He was superb no matter where he played, and McAvoy has hinted that Van den Berg’s main role this season will be as a right sided centre back.
“He came as a right centre back,” said McAvoy. “He didn’t get many games playing in that position, but he fitted in really well as a right back and then as a right wing back. I thought he was fantastic. I think he’s done really well and we’ll see how he does at right centre back,” he added.
So who plays at right wing back?
Joe Rafferty is still at the club, but he hasn’t really impressed consistently for North End and may not be expansive enough to play as a wing back.
Tom Barkhuizen is an option in that position, as is Alan Browne, but we would expect another signing to be brought in for that role.
Talks have been held with Matthew Olosunde following his exit from Rotherham United, and signing him would line up well with McAvoy’s comments about Van den Berg.