Former Preston ace Lukas Nmecha could feature for Germany at the World Cup

Lukas Nmecha could feature for Germany at the World Cup just a few years after Preston North End fans were divided over him.

The list of players on loan in the Premier League who didn’t quite work out at Preston but succeeded elsewhere just seems to grow and grow.

Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck, Josh King, Stephy Mavididi and Anthony Gordon all fit this bill.

The same goes for Nmecha, who joined Preston on loan from Manchester City in August 2018.

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Nmecha was considered a major hit given his reputation within the City ranks, but his season at Deepdale was mixed.

There were some exceptional quality moments from Nmecha and you could see his ability on the ball, but the physical side of the Championship didn’t quite sit well with him at this stage of his development.

This meant that Nmecha often played extensively under Alex Neil and he ended the 2018-19 campaign with three goals and seven assists to his name.

Some were unconvinced by Nmecha at the time and unimpressive loans to Wolfsburg and Middlesbrough didn’t really change opinions.

Nmecha really got going during a loan spell with Anderlecht in the 2020-21 campaign, scoring 21 goals in 41 outings.

This prompted Wolfsburg to re-sign Nmecha, this time on a permanent basis – and their faith is being rewarded.

The 23-year-old scored 10 goals in 31 games for Wolfsburg last season and already has three goals in nine Bundesliga games this season.

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Nmecha has now secured seven caps for Germany on the international stage and he will face a nervous wait in the coming weeks.

Germany boss Hansi Flick will name his squad for the World Cup in Qatar, where Germany will face Japan, Spain and Costa Rica.

Nmecha will apparently battle with Karim Adeyemi and possibly even wildcard Niklas Fullkrug for a spot on the plane with Germany running out of striking options.

Nmecha has now told WhoScored that his loan spells – including the one with Preston – really helped his development and shaped him into the game he is today.

The striker noted that it’s an honor to play for Germany and even being selected is a major compliment considering Wolfsburg haven’t been in great form this season.

Four years ago, Preston fans offered mixed opinions on Nmecha but might tune in to see him play at the World Cup in a few weeks; this is perhaps another lesson in not writing off young players too soon, especially players on loan.

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