Much has been made of Preston’s striking options this season, but there could be a boost to come before the end of the season.
David Nugent was the only striker brought in over the summer, and he’s found the net just once. Jayden Stockley has been in and out of the side, with just two goals to his name.
Seani Maguire has been playing out wide for the majority of the season, whilst Tom Barkhuizen isn’t a natural striker. Fans wanted a new centre forward in January, but nobody came in.
There are fears that the lack of a top goalscorer will hamper Preston’s playoff push, but many will be left wondering how the season could have been different with Louis Moult involved.
Moult started against Wigan Athletic back in August, turning in a superb all-round performance whilst also finding the net. It looked like the start of a big season for Moult, as if everything was clicking into place for him after a hot-and-cold first 18 months at Deepdale.
Sadly, Moult suffered a major injury just week later, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. That kind of injury can put a player on the shelf for six to nine months at least, with both Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop missing all or most of last season with the same injury.
We’re now six months on from that injury, and Moult has taken to Twitter to post a photo of himself back in training today, admitting it was a ‘great feeling’ to be back on the grass.
Great feeling being back out on the grass 🏃♂️⚽️🙌!! pic.twitter.com/QhoPlA1xnC
— Louis Moult (@louismoult) February 10, 2020
It’s probably still some time until Moult will start working with the ball again, and this will just be a time to ease him back into running and strengthen his knee again.
Yet it’s hard not to be excited about the prospect of Moult coming back before the end of the season, giving North End another goalscoring option at the business end of the campaign. Hopefully, Moult comes through this stage of his rehabilitation with no setbacks, and we can see him on the pitch again sooner rather than later.