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Gaffer Expecting Two Deadline Day Additions

1 September 2023

First Team News

Gaffer Expecting Two Deadline Day Additions

1 September 2023

Ryan Lowe expects Preston North End to make two additions to the squad before the transfer window closes on Friday evening.

PNE have brought six new faces in so far this window and the gaffer is hopeful of that tally rising to eight before 11pm.

The manager told the press on Friday morning that North End will pay a fee for a permanent striker, as well as bringing “a bit of a maverick” in on loan.

Ryan said: “I don’t really like it going to the last day, I’m not going to lie.

“I like to get the business done early doors. We’ve obviously been working hard on it, we’ll have two new recruits signed today which will be a big boost for not just me as the manager and the football club but for the players.

“They’re two good players who we feel can really contribute towards our season.”

Amidst the excitement and chaotic nature of deadline day, North End are also busy preparing for their fifth match of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

PNE head to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City on Saturday, following three successive victories and an unbeaten start to the season.

Asked how impressive it would be to make it to the upcoming international break without a league defeat, Ryan said: “It’ll be good, but you’ll have to ask me that question after it because we’re going into the lion’s den if you like.

“We’re going to [face a team who have had] a little bit of indifferent results. They have been fantastic in what they do and how they go about their business.

“They’ve got some good players so I’m not taking anything for granted that we’ll go there and win.

“If we can go there and get a result then it’ll be pleasing and to go into the international break unbeaten would be even more pleasing.

“But that’ll be the first block of five games that we can move forward from. If we get 11 points, 13 points or we stay on ten points – whatever it may be – it will have been a good start and one that we’ll continue to try and push through.”

North End may be boosted by the return of midfielder Ben Whiteman this weekend after his return to training, however the manager will only make a decision regarding whether the No.4 is ready to be involved or not after Friday’s training session.

For Stoke City, there’s been a huge amount of transfer activity throughout the summer, with Alex Neil’s squad having gone through an overhaul.

“We’re expecting a tough team,” Ryan said. “They’ve spent a lot of money, they’ve brought some good players in, and they’ve spent a few million quid on players.

“The players they’ve brought in are good quality players and they’ve had a flush out as well of some players they didn’t want.

“Stoke is always a tough place to go, let alone when they’ve spent a few quid, but that doesn’t really matter for us as such.

“We’ve got to go there with confidence that we can get a result of course and stick to the gameplan.

“If we can stick to the gameplan I’m quite confident that we can get a result, definitely.”

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