Manchester City loanee Lukas Nmecha has endured a slow start to the season for Alex Neil’s side. Brought in from Eastlands to bolster North End’s attacking options, he is still yet to open his account for the campaign.
💬 “I just hope that I keep building on that and with confidence I know I can do some damage.”@LukasNmecha is hoping to build on his performance from Tuesday night as he looks to get amongst the goals at Deepdale. ➡️ https://t.co/Cis1mm1MV4 #pnefc pic.twitter.com/kpPR69snGZ
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) 5 October 2018
The striker was first choice for the Lilywhites at the start of the season but has since fell out of favour, with the 3-3 thriller at Aston Villa being his first league start since late August.
PNE gaffer Neil has praised his work ethic and attitude since the six goal blockbuster but there is still doubt over Nmecha’s overall quality to do the business this season.
Despite this, the Englishman showed flashes of brilliance at Villa Park – hitting the post in the second half and winning a penalty that led to North End’s first goal and James Chester’s sending off – a real turning point in the game.
“It was without doubt his best display for us,” – said Neil in a Lancashire Post press conference.
“We gave him his chance and I thought he was excellent. Lukas is a quality player when he’s on it, he’s capable of doing everything.”
Lewis Steele, writer for Manchester City’s most prominent fan page; City Watch, echoed the Scotsman’s thoughts, suggesting Nmecha has unlimited potential, but the key is perseverance:
“Nmecha is a top talent and one of the best to come out of City’s academy in the past years,” explained Steele.
“Many young strikers struggle in terms of physique so get bullied off the ball, but Lukas doesn’t have this problem due to his unique build – He is a future Premier League talent but has to be realistic: it won’t happen overnight.
Host of the PNE podcast Guy Clarke has high hopes for new signing Nmecha’s season. “He’s showing the prowess and he’s showing the threat but as you say acclimatising to that first team football
probably just takes a little bit of time.”; he told The Match.
Clarke went on to say; “We are looking at the centre forward position which is the hardest for any young player to break in, in many ways it is the most important.”
Nmecha will hope to end his drought of goals against Wigan Athletic this weekend.