Preston saw something of a mixed season from Emil Riis.
The Danish striker was Preston’s signing in last summer’s window, arriving from Randers in October.
North End paid around £1.2million to secure Riis, making him the second most expensive striker in Preston history.
We saw great signs from Riis; his pace was a major threat, he caused mayhem when running the channels and showed the ability to go past players.
There were difficult moments too though. Riis isn’t a natural finisher and missed a number of great chances over the course of the season, and there were maybe times that Championship defences bullied him.
It’s an understandable situation though. Riis moved over to England in the middle of a pandemic and was thrown into Championship action, meaning this was a season of adjustment for the Dane.
At just 22, Riis still has huge potential to tap into, and we’ll be hoping to see him kick on in his second season.
Now, Hearts director of football Joe Savage – who served as Preston’s head of recruitment when Riis joined the club – has offered his view on Riis.
Speaking to From The Finney, Savage noted that Riis had a difficult start to life in England due to the pandemic, but predicts that he will be a ‘real dangerous player’ for North End next season now he has settled in England.
“I think Emil is going to be a top, top player,” said Savage. “What people have to understand is that Emil moved over whilst a pandemic was still going on, he went into a flat in Manchester, he had to wait a month or so for his girlfriend to come over, and then the lockdown happened.”
“I’d like to think next year, depending on how Frankie sets his team up because I know he finished with the 3-5-2, I think you could see a real dangerous player in Emil now he’s fully settled and he understands the environment,” he added.