Preston North End’s left-field thinking

Kyel Reid is pushing for a regular start in the Preston side
Kyel Reid is pushing for a regular start in the Preston side
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Kyel Reid’s pace will be a major asset for PNE as they bid to be among the League One promotion frontrunners this season.

That is the view of David Buchanan who is looking to build a good partnership with Reid down PNE’s left-hand side.

The pair linked up to good effect when North End were last in action against Port Vale a week ago.

It is the Valiants who will again be the opposition – this time in the league – at Deepdale on Saturday.

Buchanan’s combination with Reid goes back further in the season than the winger’s recent return to first-team action after knee surgery.

“A couple of times earlier in the season we played in bounce games together at the training ground,” Buchanan told the Evening Post.

“I wasn’t in the team at the time and Kyel was coming back from his injury.

“So I saw then what talent he has and I think the fans have started to see that since he came into the squad.

“The other night against Port Vale I really enjoyed linking up with Kyel down the left-hand side of the pitch.

“Kyel is very quick with and without the ball and gives the full-back a lot of problems.

“Against Vale he would come short and then spin in behind and my job was to give him as much as the ball as possible.

“The Vale right-back began getting worried about Kyel’s pace and dropped off, so that gave us room in other areas.

“Being able to bring Kyel, John Welsh and Lee Holmes back in like we did last week just shows the depth to the squad. They are experienced players and provide the gaffer with plenty of options.”

Reid’s appearance against Vale was his first senior start after coming off the bench four times.

It marked a milestone in 
his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament which he suffered playing for his former club Bradford in January.