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The 23-year-old at the forefront of Preston North End’s early season promotion push: Comment



Josh Harrop has made a very impressive start to the season for Preston helping them to sixth in the Championship as things stand.

The Manchester United academy graduate has flourished this season scoring four goals in nine appearances in all competitions, and has seemingly managed to settle at Preston, starting to deliver good performances.

Harrop joined Preston from Manchester United in the summer of 2017 wanting more regular football, which Preston could offer, from there Harrop has now locked down a place at the Championship club.

Preston’s start to the season has been impressive, rising to sixth in the table.

Harrop, after the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough, spoke to the media about how he was enjoying life at Preston, as quoted by Lancashire Evening Post, saying: “He’s (Alex Neil) given me the license to express myself, take risks in the final third. That is a good thing to have.”

The freedom that Preston play with, the likes of Harrop, Sean Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen are all so fluid in their respective roles and are currently flourishing in the Preston set-up.

Coming through the ranks at Manchester United is something not to be overlooked, the ability Harrop has is quite clear and now being given the game time, Preston are seeing the best of their attacker.

Harrop’s Preston career stalled last season due to a serious knee injury, which he sustained in October and it kept him out for the rest of the season. Should Harrop stay injury free this season he could be a major player for Alex Neil.

The International break is arguably not coming at the best of times for Preston, unbeaten in their last seven league games, with confidence running high, Neil will be hoping his side can keep their form after the break.

After a mid-table finish last season the club will be hoping to improve on that and take inspiration from the likes of Norwich City and Sheffield United, who weren’t expected to have the success they managed last season getting promoted to the Premier League.

Harrop is looking more and more like the complete package, being encouraged to take risks and play with freedom, with an eye for goal, as well as an ability to create chances with his movement.

If Harrop can continue to progress and perform at the level he is at this stage in the season he could well be the subject of transfer talk.

He could well be a target for many clubs in the January transfer window but Harrop, who rejected a new deal at Manchester United to join Preston, doesn’t seem to be led financially.

The impact Harrop is having this season in the Championship is making some Manchester United fans even think about their former prospect…

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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