Stoke’s Andrew Davies Joins Preston On Loan

  Stoke defender Andrew Davies has joined Championship play-off contenders Preston North End on an emergency one month loan deal. The 24 year old, who is equally comfortable playing at either centre-back or right-back has been brought in as defensive cover by Preston manager Alan Irvine as the club, who currently sit sixth in the league, are experiencing something of an injury crisis.

  Davies was signed by Stoke from Southampton for a fee of £1.5 million in August, but following facial and knee injuries he has struggled to regain full fitness and has been limited to just three first team appearances for the Potters, his only start coming in the woeful 2-0 FA Cup loss to Hartlepool in early January. As the January transfer window came to a close, he was linked with a loan switch to Norwich City, who, coincidentally, Preston play this Saturday, but the move never materialised.

 
Very similar photos of Davies making a rare Stoke appearance

  It seems likely that Davies will go straight into the Preston side and hopefully he will make a sustained run of appearances at the Lancashire club, as he looks to regain the fitness he has clearly lacked for Stoke. He was very highly rated at previous clubs Southampton and Middlesbrough, and it seems likely that if he can find fitness he will become a regular in the Stoke back four. At present though, he is looking like a (moderately) expensive flop, so I hope his time at Preston will help him towards showing the form for Stoke that earned him the player of the season award at Southampton last year.

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