Preston North End boss Frankie McAvoy has revealed to the Lancashire Evening Post that he had no doubts that Ali McCann would go on to prove a success for the club after signing the midfielder.
The Northern Ireland international was brought to Deepdale for a fee of £1 million back in August from Scottish side St Johnstone and has since gone on to impress for both club and country.
McCann has featured 11 times for North End already this term and has done well to bounce back from an injury which initially scuppered his progress after making the move to the Lancashire outfit.
Now McAvoy has claimed that he always knew that McCann would have a big impact, as he stated the following about the player recently:
“I had no doubt that Ali would do well.
“Sometimes it takes a wee bit of time for a player to come in and settle into the group.
“I think the lads that we have here are a good group and are very welcoming. I think they have made Ali feel at home.”
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McCann also got off the mark for his new side recently in their shock away victory over the Sky Bet Championship leaders Bournemouth and will no doubt be looking to repeat such a feat when he returns from international duty.
The Lilywhites are back in action this weekend as they take on Cardiff City at Deepdale on Saturday.
It is fair to say that McCann has certainly had the desired impact for North End after the club splashed out a good deal of money to bring him to Lancashire.
He is already well on his way towards repaying the faith that has been shown in him by McAvoy and the wider staff and already appears to be settled at Deepdale.
Still aged just 21, the Edinburgh born player will no doubt continue to improve as time goes on.
If he continues on his current upward trajectory, North End may well be confident of one day selling the playmaker on for good money further down the line.