Preston North End boss Simon Grayson says loan signing Bradley Fewster has the ability to play anywhere along the front line.
Grayson bolstered his striker options yesterday with the acquisition of Middlesbrough’s England youth international Fewster.
The 18-year-old has joined until the end of the season and goes straight into the PNE squad for tomorrow’s trip to Yeovil Town.
Fewster has made two appearances for the Teesiders this season – one of which was against North End in the Capital One Cup at the Riverside in August.
His performance and 57th-minute goal – which helped Boro claim a 3-1 victory – caught Grayson’s eye.
The PNE boss spoke at length yesterday morning of his frustration at not being able to add to his squad.
The club was rocked this week by the long-term injury to leading goalscorer Joe Garner and the recall of Aston Villa striker Callum Robinson.
However, just when it appeared Grayson was going to be thwarted in his attempts to strengthen the squad, Boro agreed to lend the youngster for the remainder of the campaign.
Fewster has shown in his short career so far that he has the ability to find the back of the net.
Earlier this year, he scored a hat-trick for England Under-18s against Belgium and then scored on his Under-19s debut against Germany in a 1-1 draw.
This month he notched four goals in three games in the first round of qualifying matches for the 2015 Under-19s European Championship.
Grayson was obviously pleased that all his hard work over the last couple of days had borne fruit.
He said: “Bradley has a fantastic pedigree. He is still a young lad learning his trade but he has scored lots of goals for Boro’s Under-21s and for England.
“We feel we have got a player who can play anywhere across the front line.
“He is a different type of player to Callum Robinson but he is a player looking to continue to learn his trade and if he has anywhere near the impact that Callum did, we will be delighted.”
Meanwhile, North End’s much-talked-about strength in depth will come into play this weekend when they travel to Yeovil.
The club has a number of players who definitely will not feature tomorrow through injury. And there is a doubt over the fitness of Tom Clarke, who limped off the pitch during the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.
The centre-back is believed to have suffered an ankle injury and did not train yesterday.
Grayson said: “There are one or two players who didn’t train but we are hopeful they will be available this weekend.
“This situation at this moment in time is there to test us.
“When you look through our list of players, I think we have got eight or nine who are unavailable for this weekend through different reasons – whether they are injured, or are out on loan or have been recalled by their parent clubs.”