With the end of the season drawing ever closer, fans will already be looking towards the summer transfer window. North End should be busy, with changes needed after missing out on the playoffs.
Alex Neil may also want to bring Adam O’Reilly, Jack Baxter and Ethan Walker into the first-team setup this summer. Giving the young lads a pre-season to impress seems wise, with all three impressing this term.
This is also a time of year when young players up and down the country are learning their fates. Pro deals are being handed out, whilst other youngsters are learning that they need to find new clubs.
Teenagers will be going on trial all over the country, and North End have taken in two players for a closer look.
North End’s Under-18’s took on Blackpool earlier today, earning a 1-1 draw. Jack Baxter’s late equaliser rescued a draw, but some will have noticed a couple of interesting names on the team sheet.
Four changes from Saturday's game with Lewis Simmons returning from illness and Josh Pollard stepping up from the bench to start.
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Max Broughton and Eyad Hammoud both featured as trialists, with Hammoud playing the full game. Broughton was booked and played 81 minutes before being replaced by Tyler Williams.
Broughton, 18, can seemingly play in defence or midfield, and has been highly rated at Bolton Wanderers. A former England Under-17 international, Broughton was wanted by Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham in 2017 according to the Daily Mail. The teenager could now earn a deal with Preston though, as he looks to potentially leave cash-stricken Bolton.
Attacker Hammoud is one to really get excited about. Born in Lebanon, Hammoud came through in Bulgaria with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, before heading to Sheffield Wednesday in 2017. A Bulgarian youth international, Hammoud made headlines by playing a league game at the age of just 15 for Plovdiv. Not only that, but he also provided an assist on his debut against rivals Botev.
Wednesday pounced after trials with Arsenal and Stoke, and his quality can be seen in the video above. Quick and skilful, Hammoud can play across the front line. The Guardian even named Hammoud in their top 60 young talents in the world back in October.
Both youngsters appear to have big billings, and their presence in North End shirts today may well be exciting.