Ben Pearson made his return for Preston North End on Saturday afternoon – and immediately reminded us just how good he is, starring as a substitute.
North End’s talismanic midfielder picked up an injury against Cardiff City back on October 18th, and missed for than a month of action.
Pearson was spotted in training over the international break, with many hoping to see him against Wednesday, though he was named on the bench.
Alex Neil threw Pearson on with 18 minutes to play, and whilst he wasn’t exactly on for long, he was outstanding.
Pearson’s control of the game was immense. He slowed the game down when North End needed it, his appreciation of space is outstanding and he will surely be in contention for a start against Blackburn on Tuesday.
Neil’s assistant Frankie McAvoy conducted the post-match press duties, and hailed Pearson’s display, believing he showed just how good he is with a fine cameo.
McAvoy noted that Pearson is a lot quicker than people think he is, and helps sniff out danger quickly.
With Pearson and Ben Davies missing in recent games, McAvoy is now pleased to be getting players back – though it’s unlikely that Davies is fit to face Blackburn tomorrow night.