Preston continued their excellent start to the season last weekend with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town.
The win was their third in three games and extended their unbeaten run to four leaving Alex Neil’s side second in the league and just two points behind leaders West Brom going into the international break.
There have been a number of standout performers for Preston this season and the team have flourished under Neil’s consistent approach, opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation in 14 of the 16 matches played so far.
Preston will face Derby next weekend following the international break and this will give Neil an opportunity to assess his squad so far and prepare to keep the pressure on West Brom.
Here are two hot and two not players for Preston so far this season.
Hot – Daniel Johnson
Attacking midfielder Johnson started the season in incredible form after contributing to seven goals in the first five games of the season.
Overall, he has scored eight and made five assists from midfield, earning him man of the match on three separate occasions.
He has also proven himself to be an important defensive player too, working back and making tackles to support his team at both ends of the pitch.
Hot – Paul Gallagher
Although veteran midfielder Paul Gallagher hasn’t always been first on the team sheet this season, but he has still made important contribution to the team.
So far, Gallagher has scored four goals and has two assists from central midfield despite only starting nine of the opening 16 games for Preston.
His creativity and discipline in midfield has also been important for Preston as Gallagher has made nearly two key passes per game for his team mates.
Not – David Nugent
Experienced striker David Nugent has struggled for game time this season due to the form of players ahead of him at Preston.
Nugent has made seven appearances overall this season but has struggled to contribute with any goals or assists yet.
He has only managed to attempt six shots on goal all season so he could find his game time even more limited after the international break.
Not – Brad Potts
Winger Brad Potts featured regularly during the opening fixtures of the season, starting four games throughout August in the league and EFL Cup.
Since then, Potts’ playing time has largely been limited to substitute appearances in the league where he has struggled to make an impact.
Potts has only managed to attempt four shots on goal this season and has completed just three successful dribbles in all of his appearances this season.
Potts will need to make more of an impact from the bench before Neil considers him in the starting line up in the upcoming fixtures.