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‘Certainly an element of risk involved’ – Preston North End linked with 2020/21 EFL promotion winner: The Verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Preston North End are one of the clubs leading the race to sign Cambridge United striker Paul Mullin, a report from Football Insider has revealed.
Mullin was influential in Cambridge’s promotion from League Two last season, scoring a remarkable 32 goals in 46 league appearances to help the club secure a place in League One for 2021/22.
The striker is however, out of contract with Cambridge this summer, and it remains to be seen if the 26-year-old will sign a new deal with the club, something which is seemingly attracting attention from elsewhere.
According to this latest update, Preston, along with Championship rivals Middlesbrough, are now at the head of the list of clubs attempting to secure the services of the striker.
But would Mullin be a good signing for Preston? And is he a player they need to bring to Deepdale?
We put those questions to some of our Football League World writers, and here, is a look at what they had to say.
Jacob Potter
He could be worth the punt for North End. 
Added competition for places in the starting XI is always welcome for managers heading into a new season, and this would be no different at Preston this summer. 
Mullin has shown an impressive eye for goal recently, having netted 33 goals in 50 appearances for Cambridge United, as they won promotion into League One. 
You couldn’t really blame Mullin if he wanted to pursue a move to a club in the Championship this summer either, as the majority of players will be wanting to play their football at the highest possible level. 
If he can replicate his strong record in front of goal with Preston, then I wouldn’t rule out a top-six finish for the Lancashire-based side next season. 

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Ned Holmes
There’s certainly an element of risk involved but this could be a fantastic signing for Preston if it works out.
Paul Mullin proved himself lethal in front of goal for Cambridge United last season and it’s no surprise there are a number of clubs now circling.
There are question marks over whether he can cut it at Championship level and that certainly makes it a risk for the Lilywhites.
They’re in desperate need of a new striker, in my eyes, and for that reason I think moving for Mullin would be worth the gamble for them. 
The contract situation means that it shouldn’t be too costly, even if the striker does demand a good contract. 
He’s 26 and could be the solution up top for some time if things work out!
Chris Thorpe
Mullin has become something of a cult hero at Cambridge and it would be a shame if their love story came to an end in this manner.
Make no mistake about it, Preston would be signing a player who is at the peak of his powers right now and could easily bang the goals in at Championship level.
There’s no doubting it will be a big step up from League Two but I feel that if the service is there, he will deliver.
If North End can snare him away and pair him up with a few more strong signings, they could well make a play-off push.
It’ll be interesting to see if he stays or goes over the coming months as I think the strong connection he has with Cambridge could convince him to stay put.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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