With 13 games of the season still to go, Preston North End are one of a number of teams well in the battle for promotion.
As things currently stand, Alex Neil’s side are sixth in the Championship standings, six points adrift of the automatic promotion places, and lead seventh place Bristol City on goal difference.
While there is still much to be confirmed over the next few months, if Preston are to secure a place in English football’s top-flight for the first time in the Premier League, they will likely have to bring in a number of players in the summer transfer window to give themselves the best chance of survival the following campaign.
That of course, will mean they will have to sell some of their current players in order to raise funds for transfer fees and make room in the squad and wage for those potential new arrivals.
Here, we’ve taken a look at two players who Preston ought to consider selling at the end of the season, if they do indeed secure promotion to the Premier League over the course of the next few months.
Having joined Preston from Oxford at the start of last season, Ledson has struggled to really establish himself as a regular feature for Alex Neil’s side, starting just 17 of the 79 league games North End have played since his arrival.
That lack of the game time suggests the holding midfielder would struggle to establish himself in the top-flight, and having become renowned for his heavy tackling, could come under disciplinary scrutiny that could cost Preston as they look to establish themselves in the top-flight.
With his contract at Preston also set to expire at the end of next season, this summer could be a good time to move Ledson on, to clear space for a more reliable option at Premier League level, and receive a reasonable fee for the 22-year-old while they have the chance.
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Another player whose future at Preston may have to come under consideration should they win promotion to the Premier League this season, is Brad Potts.
North End have plenty of attacking midfield options to call upon as things stand, and may want to remove and replace some of those options in order to give themselves the best possible chance of competing in the top-flight, which could leave Potts’ prospects in the club in some doubt.
Having failed to score or assist a single goal in 20 league appearances this season, Potts does appear to be something of a weaker link in that position for North End, and with two years remaining on his contract at Deepdale meaning they could command a decent fee for him, making this a potentially smart move for the Lancashire club.