Izzy Brown ended his eight-year tenure with Chelsea last week by joining Preston North End on a permanent deal.
The attacking midfielder made just a single appearance for the Premier League side, whilst embarking on seven different loan spells.
His career thus far makes it sound ridiculous that he is just 24. However, Frankie McAvoy has now provided Brown with a permanent home and will be hoping to be rewarded by his performances on the pitch.
The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a one-year contract, so he is in a position where he needs to consistently perform at the levels he has displayed in the past.
One player Brown knew already and was happy to link back up with was Ryan Ledson. The pair know each other from their time in the England youth set up, but he was also thankful to how everyone in the club had treated him so far, and told LancsLive: “It’s been good, the boys have made me feel welcome. I’ve known Lego (Ryan Ledson) for a while so it’s easy to settle in when you know a few of the boys.
“They’ve all made me feel welcome and in training, everything has been perfect. I feel like it’s definitely going to get harder.”
Brown also spoke to LancsLive about Preston being the right destination for him this summer: “Truthfully , I felt like this is the club that can get the best out of me as a player.
“From the way the manager was talking, he will help to get my mindset right and then I feel like the rest will follow.”
Izzy Brown can be a class act at this level of football. He played a big part in Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League and showed his excellence in spells with Luton Town.
However, last season would have knocked his confidence and it is now about how he can react to that setback. Brown played just over 500 minutes of Championship football last year, so just getting a sufficient amount of game time will be a big priority.
Now that the 24-year-old has a permanent home, he may view it as a new beginning – an opportunity to build himself back into the player the Championship knows he can be.
If McAvoy can keep Izzy Brown fit, fully focussed and hungry, then it will be no surprise to see him re-emerge as one of the division’s top talents.