PNE.Com speaks to talented young winger Jeffrey Monakana ahead of Tuesday's cup tie...
“It is great for me to be at Preston North End, they have given me the opportunity to play first team football and I can’t thank them enough.
“I never thought I would play as many games as I have so far before I was 19. There is still a lot of things that I need to learn which I am continuing to do with the coaching staff. Hopefully I can keep learning quickly and push on from there for the rest of the season.
Loving the experience of his first season as a professional footballer, the Arsenal graduate thanks North End for giving him his first taste of league action.
Since his arrival at Deepdale during the summer, Monakana has become a fans favourite with his style of play and ability to beat defenders.
“It would be nice to repeat my goal against Crystal Palace in the last round but the most important thing is that we get through.”
“As a winger you always want to play on the bigger pitches, but the surface is always good at Deepdale.
“Deepdale has a big pitch which everybody knows about which works in our favour , we have a lot of pace in the side and we are looking to exploit it.
The number 17 continued: “It is always a pleasure to play in front of the home supporters, they are right behind the team all of the time.
Thoroughly enjoying the experience of playing in front of the home support, Monakana believes the wide pitch at Deepdale benefits his game as a pacey winger.
The last time North End walked out onto the Deepdale surface they recorded an impressive 5-0 win over Hartlepool United.
“It is always a chance to impress against Championship opposition, it will be a good test for the boys but we are confident of coming away with the right result.”
“I haven’t started the last couple of games so hopefully I will get a start against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night and I can build on from there.
“We want to continue doing well in the Capital One Cup and reach the fourth round; hopefully we can continue in the same manner.
“We are doing well in both cup competitions at the moment, looking back to Saturday’s game we want to get back on track and give a good performance,” the former Arsenal youngster told PNE.Com.
Monakana, who scored his first senior goal in the previous round against Crystal Palace is hoping to be on the scoresheet once again in what he believes will be a stern test.
Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough will be North End’s competition in the third round, as Graham Westley’s men aim to put a third Championship team out in a row at Deepdale.
Winger Jeffrey Monakana is ready to help Preston North End return to winning ways on Tuesday night as the Lilywhites look to maintain their impressive run in the Capital One Cup.