Preston North End manager Alex Neil has stated that he is happy to give the younger players a chance in his team.
Preston’s starting lineup had a very young look about it when they drew 0-0 away from home against Middlesbrough prior to the international break, with the youngest player in the starting XI being 18-year-old Josh Earl.
19-year-old Stephy Mavididi was also brought on as a substitute, replacing Tom Barkhuizen who is still only 24 himself.
Speaking to the Lancashire Post, Neil said:
“I’ve got no fear of putting any of them in,”
“I’m totally comfortable with what I deliver to them in terms of trying to get them prepared and ready.”
Preston will be back in action this Saturday at home against Barnsley.
Alex Neil’s faith in his younger players is a breath of fresh air following on from an extremely busy, and expensive, transfer window for many clubs.
Granted if Preston had more money as a club they may be willing to dip into the transfer market more often but still, players like Josh Earl have put in good shifts when called up.
Considering the Lilywhites currently occupy seventh place in the Championship table, Alex Neil’s faith can be considered a success.
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