Preston are hoping to strike a loan deal with Manchester City to bring Brandon Barker to Deepdale, but the Premier League champions may not readily agree to it.
According to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter, Preston want the 22-year-old winger on loan but Manchester City wish to sell him for a fee, which is holding up any potential exit for the player.
He was also plagued by injury trouble in his time at Hibernian in 2017/18, missing 10 matches due to knee problems.
A scout report on Soccersouls stated that he is capable of providing “good crosses or key passes for forward runners in the box” and offers effective deliveries from indirect set pieces.
Last season at Preston, he averaged 0.6 key passes and 0.2 crosses per game, neither of which is a mind-blowing figure. In 2018/19, Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko had higher averages for both metrics, with 0.9 key passes and 0.5 crosses per game.
Also, Pep Guardiola has not tended to integrate Manchester City academy players regularly into the first-team. Since the Spaniard took charge in 2016, only Phil Foden has stepped up from the academy to forge a place in the first-team squad (36 appearances), and even he has made just three Premier League starts.
Barker’s exclusion from the travelling squad who flew to Asia for the Premier League trophy indicates that he is far down the midfield pecking order.
He will turn 23 in October and is only nine months younger than fellow left-winger Leroy Sane, who has played 133 games for Manchester City’s first-team.
Indeed, Barker doesn’t look like making the grade at the Etihad Stadium and it is understandable that the club wish to sell him permanently.
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