Preston North End announced the contract extensions of Jordan Storey and Brad Potts on Monday.
Storey was handed a deal till 2025 whilst Potts was given a new contract that would see him stay at Deepdale until the summer of 2024.
Whilst obviously manager Frankie McAvoy was happy with both deals, it’s fair to say fans were more favourable of the Storey deal rather than Potts.
Potts arrived for a seven figure fee in January 2019 from Barnsley. He had a great start to life at Preston scoring in his first two away games at Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City. He gave something different to Alex Neil’s side at the time with his direct running and a new alternative option in a number 10 role.
Since then Potts has been played in different roles including out wide and even as part of the front two recently under McAvoy. He’s very much become a rotated player of late, very rarely in the starting eleven for more than two games in a row.
He’s a willing runner, he’s strong, and he’s doesn’t shy away from the defensive aspect of the game which makes him a suitable option for tough away games usually. There should be more to come from him though. He looked a real goal threat when he first arrived but has only scored nine league goals in 90 league games.
He has plenty of shots in a game but they rarely hit the target. He does get himself in good spaces to enable a shot though, and chances often fall to him on the edge of the box. He makes good runs as well into the area, but his shooting needs to improve.
Potts was brought in for a lot of money. To let his contract run down would be silly from the club, and we don’t want a repeat situation of last season. Potts isn’t as important as Ben Davies and Ben Pearson but with the investment made on him it doesn’t make sense to see him leave for free.
With a new contract under his belt, Potts has some security and will be keen to repay that with some quality performances. If things don’t work out in the next 12-18 months then at least he still has some value should we look to sell him. It would allow the club to recoup some of the money spent on him.
The midfield is a very competitive area and it’s tough for anyone to have a consistent run in the side. Potts is unlikely to have that this season, but he is always a decent option off the bench at the very least. There’s no harm in this contract extension, and if things don’t work out there will be plenty of suitors happy to pay a decent fee for him I’m sure.