Preston have snapped up Alvaro Fernandez on loan – and it’s fair to say he’s very highly-rated at Manchester United.
North End boss Ryan Lowe made it pretty clear that he wanted to bring in two left wing backs this summer.
Robbie Brady arrived on a free transfer and Preston had to be patient in terms of finding another option there.
There were links to Crystal Palace talent Tayo Adaramola, but Preston pounced for a different Premier League talent.
Preston have snapped up Alvaro Fernandez
Preston confirmed on Tuesday that Manchester United teenager Fernandez has joined on a season-long loan deal.
The Spaniard was on the books at Real Madrid before heading to United in 2020 and now joins up with North End until next summer.
This is a hugely exciting addition for Preston and a real coup considering there was major competition for Fernandez’s signature.
United certainly think highly of Fernandez having named him as their Under-23 Player of the Year for last season.
United’s Head of Academy Nick Cox then spoke highly about Fernandez, making comments that will certainly excite Preston supporters.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Cox hailed Fernandez as the standout performer in the Under-23’s despite only turning 19 earlier this year.
Cox added that Fernandez is an ‘excellent role model’ and has the perfect characteristics for a young player.
“Alvaro has been a standout performer from a really strong group of players within our Under-23s team,” said Cox. “We deliberately keep this age group young and that is certainly evidenced by the fact that Alvaro has won this award despite only turning 19 in March. Alvaro has developed a lot this season, playing an important role in Premier League 2, the Youth League, the EFL Trophy and also progressing with Spain’s Under-19s.”
“Alvaro has also been an excellent role model and support for his team-mates, displaying all of the characteristics that the academy want to see from our young players,” he added.
Lowe always seems to love the character as much as the player, and in the case of Fernandez, it looks like he is exemplary in both respects.
Whether Fernandez starts against Wigan Athletic remains to be seen, given that he has only trained with the Preston squad a few times this week.
Still, North End have a huge talent for this season and United appear to have a star of the future amid that praise from Cox.