, Alex Neil calls on Preston North End’s fringe players to push for starting spots

Alex Neil calls on Preston North End’s fringe players to push for starting spots

Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post, Preston North End manager Alex Neil has called on some of the club’s fringe players to use training sessions as a chance to push for places in the starting eleven.

Preston North End have enjoyed a successful first half of the season, with Alex Neil’s men performing strongly. The Lilywhites currently sit in 2nd place, tied on 31 points with Leeds United, only ahead of goal difference.

The strong form of Alex Neil’s side has made it difficult for some of the club’s fringe players to break into the lineup. The likes of summer signings Andre Green and Bayliss are yet to start in the Championship, as Paul Huntingdon, Jordan Storey and Josh Ginnelly.

Now, speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post, Neil has called for the players who are struggling to get into his starting 11 to use training as the perfect chance to battle for a spot in his side. He said:

“When you are not in the team your training that week is even more important. That is their opportunity to impress me and show everybody else why you should be playing. The difficulty they have got at the moment is how well the team has been playing and performing. It has been really difficult for some of the lads to get in.

“We could go right across the board with that but things do change. Joe Rafferty couldn’t get in at the start of the season and he hasn’t looked back. Josh Harrop wasn’t in the squads at the start of the season and didn’t really look back until he got an injury. Jayden Stockley and Louis Moult weren’t in. There’s a whole host of them there.”

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