“In my opinion we will see the best of Sean next season once he has a full pre-season under his belt – he will be a top player next year.” Alex Neil
What a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day weekend for Sean Maguire scoring Preston’s opener in a 2-0 win over relegation threatened Sunderland. It was the former Cork City forwards seventh goal in as many matches. It’s hard to believe now but Maguire came close to walking away from football after a series of setbacks in late 2015. Thankfully his father convinced him to give it another go, and he hasn’t looked back since.
After being signed by John Caulfield Maguire scored 29 goals for Cork City in the 2016 season. Maguire then spearheaded City’s 22 game unbeaten run at the beginning of the title winning 2017 season. His phenomenal form for Cork City inevitably caught the attention of many English clubs. In June City and Preston agreed a deal for Maguire which saw him leave the Cork side at the end of July. He impressed in early games for Preston with a goal against Barnsley in September.
His impressive form did not go unnoticed. Sean made his international debut in October against Moldova and many are predicting he could emerge as a key man in Martin O’Neill’s revamped side if his current form can be maintained. A lengthy injury in November which ruled Maguire out for four Months has done little to stop his star rising. Since returning he has been dazzling fans and critics alike with his performances. He has scored five goals in four games since his return.
Maguire is expected to start against Turkey in Antalya on Friday. However O’Neill has warned against placing too much pressure on the young forward. Preston boss Alex Neil believes the best is still to come from Maguire; “In my opinion we will see the best of Sean next season once he has a full pre-season under his belt – he will be a top player next year.”
Currently Preston are 8th in the Championship table just 2 points off the play-off places. If Maguire continues to impress it may not be long before we see him scoring goals in the Premier League.