Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg has made a pretty decent impression since arriving at Preston.
Van den Berg was sent on loan to North End on deadline day in February, joining as part of the deal that saw Ben Davies join the Reds.
Despite being a centre back by trade, Van den Berg has been playing at right back for Preston, turning in a fairly strong displays.
He still isn’t a natural in that area though, and it seems that Yannick Bolasie spotted some weaknesses in his game.
North End faced off against Middlesbrough earlier this month, and Bolasie was doing his homework by watching Preston in action ahead of the game.
Bolasie called up teammate Neeskens Kebano, telling him that he had to go direct against Van den Berg because he is a centre back playing out of position.
Bolasie thought he would be up against his former Bristol City teammate in Greg Cunningham, but ended up against Andrew Hughes instead.
Still, Bolasie – formerly of Everton – picked out Van den Berg as a potential weakness despite Preston fans rating him so far, and just goes to show that opposition players are doing their homework on a fairly disjoined North End side.
“You see tomorrow, you know the guy you’re playing against? He’s a centre back. 19 years old on loan,” said Bolasie. “The guy I’m playing against, I was playing with him before, he knows man properly.”
“If you get the ball blud, I’m telling you go direct. Don’t look here and there, just go bro,” he added.