David Amoo is targeting an improvement in performances and hopes to use his first Preston goal as a springboard.
The 21-year-old scored in Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil.
Introduced as an early substitute for the injured Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Amoo tucked away North End’s second goal.
He’s a likely starter tonight when PNE host Carlisle United at Deepdale (7.45pm), with injuries and suspension stretching the squad to its limit.
With Jeffrey Monakana serving a one-match ban for five yellow cards, the right-wing slot looks to have Amoo’s name on it.
It is reasonable comment that the Preston supporters have yet to see the Londoner’s potential realised.
In the main he’s been used from the bench this season, with only seven of his 18 appearances being from the start.
Amoo told the Evening Post: “I’ve enjoyed it here but it’s been tough too because there are so many good players in the squad.
“That is what you’ve got to expect when you come to a club which is one of the best in the league.
“If you join a club lower down, you’re almost definitely going to play regularly.
“With the strength of our squad, you’ve really got to battle and earn your place.
“I’ve got to improve and take my chance when I’m on the pitch.
“My goalscoring is definitely something I have to improve – I need to add more goals to my game.
“I need to be creating chances too so that I get my name on the team sheet.”
One of Amoo’s starts this season came in September when PNE took on Carlisle in the JPT at Brunton Park.
North End won on penalties after 90 minutes had produced a 1-1 draw. That visit to Cumbria is one which gave Amoo an insight into this evening’s opponents.
“It will be a tough game tonight, just as it was at their place a couple of months ago,” said the summer Bosman signing.
“Carlisle played well that night and we’ll be taking nothing for granted this time.
“What I didn’t realise until we played there was how this game is considered a derby.
“The gaffer pointed that out to us before the JPT tie, and was something we had to bear in mind.
“Hopefully we can take the three points to stay in that pack around the top six.
“In terms of the league table, it’s still relatively early days.
“It’s quite tight at the moment and it will probably get to Christmas before things really change.”
Amoo was snapped up following his release by Liverpool at the end of last season.
He had gone to Anfield as a youth team player, having been on Millwall’s books as a schoolboy.
It was playing for Bury that he first came to the attention of PNE fans, scoring a stunning winner for the Shakers against Preston during a loan spell there last season. That was before Graham Westley’s time as Deepdale boss but he was aware of Amoo’s potential anyway.
Said Westley: “David came here in the summer as a player of potential – unfulfilled potential.
“When you take a gamble on a player like that as a manager, you take it thinking that the chances are he might not get there. If he does, he is going to be one hell of a player.
“You don’t find the one in 10 who get there, if you don’t take a gamble on a few.
“I took the gamble on David because I know Deepdale is a pitch where pace is important and can make a big difference.
“Whether or not he will get there and develop the inner desire it takes to succeed, only time will tell.
“But he is a good lad, honest and is working hard to develop his game.
“It won’t have done him any harm to have scored his first goal at the weekend – that will give him a boost.
“David knows full well what he needs to do in order to create more moments like that.
“Hopefully he will have savoured the taste of that goal and the adulation he got.
“He’s a player who can play right across the front.
“On Saturday he played up top late on when Yeovil were trying to squeeze, in the hope he’d get round the back of them.
“He got his goal from wide left, and later went wide right as he looked to get beyond them and put crosses in.
“I remember him looking a real attacking threat the night we beat Hartlepool 5-0 here – he put in a stunning show.”