Two Preston players appear in Sky Sports 'Top 25 players under 25'
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Two Preston players appear in Sky Sports 'Top 25 players under 25'

As the new Championship season gets closer, Sky Sports have begun their buildup with a list of young players they believe will shine this season.

It isn’t often that Preston North End and their players get much media attention, and that usually suits us fine. However it is pleasing to see two of our players get some recognition on this list.

The Championship 25 Under 25 list features a few expected players such as Tyrese Campbell, Daryl Dike, and Ben Brereton-Diaz; players who are either linked with big money moves or in Dike’s case was part of one at the start of the year.

Two of the younger members of the Preston squad are featured; our top scorer from last season Emil Riis, and a new signing in Ben Woodburn.

Whilst Preston aren’t really known for bringing many youth players through their own ranks through the years, they do look to sign young players in the hope they can progress at the club and become valuable assets.

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In the past it has worked with Jordan Hugill and Callum Robinson, who both ended up moving to the Premier League for significant fees.

Emil Riis caught many by surprise last season, and Sky Sports mention the fact that his first season only yielded five goals, whilst last campaign saw him reach 20.

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Riis did look like a completely different player and had the confidence to attempt and indeed score an array of spectacular goals. A key player for Preston for the future, and one who will be worth quite a bit to the club now – certainly more than they paid for him two years ago.

Woodburn on the other hand showed great promise a good few years back, and hasnt yet lived up to his potential. Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer at the age of 17 years and 45 days beating Michael Owen in the progress, he also made his Wales debut within a year of that goal, and has scored two goals for them in 11 caps.

However. loan moves at Sheffield United, Oxford United, Blackpool, and Hearts haven’t exactly been fruitful.

Still young at 22, Woodburn has a huge opportunity to establish himself now under Ryan Lowe.

Where he fits into the formation isn’t quite clear yet, he may become a versatile player. But with just a one-year contract handed to him, Woodburn needs to hit the ground running and show his capabilities.

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