It appears that Phil Brown is set to make 25 year old Leon Clarke his third signing as Preston manager tomorrow.
Sky Sports News have reported that QPR boss Neil Warnock is willing to let the former Sheffield Wednesday striker go out on loan until the end of the season in order to get some first team action having slipped down the pecking order at Loftus Road.
Clarke has been linked with a number of Championship clubs over the past couple of days but it now seems as though Preston are the frontrunners to secure his signature. This news couldn’t have come at a better time with the six pointer against Scunthorpe moving ever closer. The extra fire power will surely help increase our threat levels in the final third; something that has been somewhat lacking in recent months.
However, with Leon having yet to hit the back of the net for the Championship leaders since his summer move, some Preston fans might be sceptical as to whether he is the right man to get the much needed goals that will help us avoid the drop.
Throughout his career he has never been renowned for his prolific goalscoring, but it is what he will bring to the team as a whole that is the most attractive part of this loan deal taking place. His physical strength and stature will cause opposition defences problems, it will give us another dimension up front and I’m sure he can be a huge success at Deepdale; players like Hume and Ellington will surely benefit from playing alongside him.
Only time will tell if he is up for the challenge; I for one think that everyone deserves a chance when moving to a new club, and who knows, the relegation scrap might bring out the best in Leon and we could be sat here in four months time, still a Championship club, saying «Sign him up». Lets hope that this is the case.
So let’s all get behind the lad and wish him all the best if he does put on the Preston Shirt. Come on you whites!
Thank you for reading. Would you be happy with Leon Clarke signing on loan from QPR?
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