Alex Neil has got what he wanted as the Football League have reintroduced nine-man substitute benches.
The Preston boss has been clear that he wants more substitutes at his disposal; post-lockdown, managers were given two more substitute spots and two more permitted changes.
Neil used four changes in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, bringing on Jayden Stockley and Paul Gallagher at half time, with Ben Pearson and Seani Maguire introduced later on.
Youngster Adam O’Reilly was given a spot on the bench, but there was no place for Josh Harrop as he wasn’t in the squad at all.
Some were wondering just where Harrop was; he can flit in and out of games, but certainly has creative talent that North End need at home.
Now, Neil’s assistant Frankie McAvoy has cleared up the situation, suggesting that Harrop picked up a knock in a bounce game against Burnley last week.
North End didn’t feel the need to risk him given that crucial games against Blackburn Rovers, Watford and Bournemouth are coming up quickly.
Let’s hope Harrop is back soon, as he clearly has real ability – and could yet play a key role Neil’s side this season.