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Stats website names PNE's five best performing players this season - a few surprises

According to WhoScored, five of Preston’s players have stood out from the rest so far this season. The website gives each player a rating out of 10 for each game based on their overall performance.

There are some surprise absences in the top five as there is no room for Daniel Iversen or Patrick Bauer.

Three of the top five are defenders while the other two places are taken by midfielders. Perhaps it’s a surprise that Emil Riis hasn’t been rated higher so far but overall North End’s attacking play hasn’t been much to shout about.

Here are the top five Preston North End players this season in the Championship according to Who Scored.

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1. Josh Earl – 7.02

Josh Earl has really kicked on this season and has cemented his place as first choice on the left hand side. He’s keeping Greg Cunningham out of the side which is an achievement in itself. It’s taken Earl time to develop since making his debut for us. His loan spells in League One have been mixed but he’s having a great season so far. We need him to be more of a threat going forward and he’s going in the right direction after grabbing his first professional goal last Saturday.

2. Ryan Ledson – 6.98

Last season’s player of the year has been a regular in the side so far this season. He has a lot of competition for that position now especially with the arrival of Ali McCann. It’s surprising to see him this far up the list but he does make his fair share of tackles and his passing has improved since we signed him.

His assist for Daniel Johnson against Sheffield United last month was superb. He’s picked up two assists in the league but also four yellow cards so he’ll need to watch that over the course of the season. He’s certainly the type of player needed for the game against Blackpool.

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3. Jordan Storey – 6.94

An ever present in the team this season. In fact he has started the last 32 league games. Definitely looks more comfortable alongside Patrick Bauer and after signing a contract extension recently it is hoped he can continue improving.

According to the stats he’s won an average of 4.3 aerial battles per game and in all of his North End career he’s only been booked twice which is very impressive for a centre back.

4. Ben Whiteman – 6.92

Ben Whiteman has added goals to his game this season with three already to his name. He’s become a bit of a set piece specialist in the absence of Paul Gallagher. Like Ledson there’s plenty of competition in the middle of the park with club captain Alan Browne hardly getting a look in this season.

The former Doncaster Rovers player has also been in the book four times this season but does have a pass completion rate of 77.8%.

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5. Sepp van den Berg – 6.88

Fan favourite Sepp van den Berg has impressed many with his 100% committed performances this season. You can tell the 19 year-old understands what it means to play for this club. He’s not taking his loan move for granted and gives his all every game.

A centre-back by trade he has been playing as a right-wing back for North End. He’s growing into that role and has scored two goals in all competitions. He never stops running and has settled into this squad with ease. He’s started every game since coming on as a substitute in the opening fixture and looks set to keep that role for the time being. Matthew Olusunde has his work cut out to get into the team as and when he’s fit. Although there is the option for Sepp to move into the back three then which he may prefer.

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