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Preston North End will have wingers high on their shopping list in the summer transfer window

Lilywhites manager Lowe traded and changed players in the wide positions, particularly on the left.

However, with no member of the squad currently falling into the category of “natural” wingers, this will be an area Lowe will look into this summer.

Brad Potts has played the majority of games under Lowe at right-back, having been moved there from midfield.

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Brad Potts of Preston North End with Ryan Lowe

Ali McCann was the right-winger for Lowe’s first game in charge in December, with Tom Barkhuizen also playing there.

On the other side of the pitch, Greg Cunningham, Josh Earl, Joe Rafferty, Scott Sinclair and Barkhuizen have all played at left back.

Cunningham currently sidelined with a calf strain, has looked best placed in that position so far.

The experienced Irishman has had a new lease on life since Lowe’s arrival.

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It is hoped that Cunningham’s absence will not extend too far beyond the end of the month. Lowe said: “We don’t have a natural winger at the club at the moment.

“We have wingers, we have full-backs, we have right centre-backs and left centre-backs.

“Players need to be trained to play as a wing-back.

“That’s what we did with Brad Potts doing very well there.

“When we spoke to Pottsy about it at first, we knew he had played at right-back earlier in his career.

“There are parts of playing as a winger that come naturally to him, but there are other things you have to do as a wing-back.

“It’s the things off the ball, where you need to be when the ball comes to the other side of the pitch.

“When you get into attacking areas, you don’t want to deny opportunities to cross the ball.

“On the other side of Pottsy, we tried to get Josh Earl up the field to get crosses.

“It’s a position we have to train people in, but we haven’t had too many training days because of the relentless game schedule.

“I think pre-season is a big part of where you want to start and get to in terms of identity and tactical stuff.”