Loan goalkeeper Daniel Iversen has impressed Preston North End manager Alex Neil
Daniel Iversen’s first set of matches in the Preston North End goalkeeper's jersey have offered much encouragement to Lilywhites boss Alex Neil.
The Dane, on loan from Leicester City, has kept clean sheets in two of his three appearances.
Against Reading on Sunday he pulled off a string of saves, one in particular from Royals’ skipper Michael Morrison catching the eye.
Ironically, it would not have counted had it gone in, with Morrison judged to have been offside.
But only after Iversen had made the save did he realise the flag had gone up.
North End went looking for Iversen when a knee injury ruled Declan Rudd out for the rest of the season.
Having had three previous loan spells in which he played 94 games, PNE judged he had the right experience to step up to the Championship.
Neil told the Lancashire Post: “Daniel is a good goalie, you can see that straight off.
“He is a big lad who makes good saves. Against Reading he made that terrific save from the lad who was offside down to his left-hand side.
“He made a good save down by his right against Birmingham which was a big moment in that game.
“Daniel has played three games for us and kept two clean sheets, so that’s a really good start for him.
“We’ve got to recognise that he’s only a relatively young lad, he’s 23.
“He is not an experienced keeper who is going to come in and instantly command but he’s vocal in his own way and knows what he wants from the defenders in front of him.
“Daniel knows where he is as a keeper and knows where his strengths are. He’s fitted in extremely well here, as have the other new lads.”
Iversen is among four signings made by North End in January – Jayson Molumby and Ched Evans like him are on loan, while Ben Whiteman has signed permanently.
Neil hopes there is more business to be done before next Monday’s 11pm deadline.
He wants a centre-half to cover the gap left by Patrick Bauer’s season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
At the moment Neil has Paul Huntington, Ben Davies and Jordan Storey to call on.
Should an offer come in which would tempt North End to sell Davies, two defenders would be on the shopping list.
Burnley’s Jimmy Dunne was suggested in the national press as a possible target.
The 23-year-old is out of contract at Turf Moor in the summer but has been offered a new deal by the Clarets.
Dunne has had loan spells with Barrow, Accrington, Hearts, Sunderland and Fleetwood, and has played two Premier League games this season.
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