Preston North End boss Frankie McAvoy has stated that Josh Harrop needs to work hard to force his way back into the team, during a recent interview with LancsLive.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder recently returned to Deepdale following a largely ineffectual loan spell with Ipswich Town last term and is currently way out of favour with the Lancashire side.
Harrop only signed a new three year contract with the club in August of last year, but quickly fell out of favour under the club’s then boss Alex Neil, before making his aforementioned temporary switch to League One with the Tractor Boys.
Speaking recently, McAvoy was quick to stress that the former Manchester United man needs to work hard to force his way back into his plans in pre-season:
“Josh needs to try and force himself into the plans, rather than just being a part of the plans.
“Because what you have got to do is earn the right to be part of a squad and to be playing in the starting team.
“Josh knows that he needs to be working really hard in order to get there.”
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A versatile midfield player, Harrop has featured for North End on 94 occasions since making the move from Old Trafford back in 2017 and has 13 goals to his name so far.
The Stockport born player previously made 15 appearances whilst on loan with Ipswich.
It certainly seems that Harrop’s days in a Preston shirt could be numbered if he doesn’t start to buck his ideas up ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 campaign.
He is now moving towards the prime years of his career and it’s clear that his concentration on progression has somewhat wavered in more recent times.
Harrop is a player who possesses good ability and can take a match by the scruff of the neck, so I think he has to treat this pre-season schedule as a way of proving that he still has what it takes to stay at Deepdale.
With only a few weeks remaining until the season kicks off, the ex-Man United man is certainly running out of time to convince his manager.