The 17-year-old, who was released by Liverpool aged 13, is expected to sign a new contract at Deepdale with there being just a single year left on his scholarship deal at the club.
Championship Teenager is Catching the Eye of the Premier League
Lewis Leigh is One for the Future
Leigh is yet to feature at first-team level for The Lilywhites, which comes as no real surprise given his age. However, he has appeared on the bench for Preston’s Championship clash with Millwall.
The young midfielder particularly stood out in the FA Youth Cup for the Lancashire club. When Preston hosted Lincoln City in the competition, the 17-year-old put in an exceptional display. Assessing Leigh’s performance that day, Lancs Live have said: “Clearly a fearless midfield player who plays with his heart on his sleeve.
“When the tide of the game swung the way of Lincoln, Leigh stood up to the fight, maintained a high-level of energy in his play and got stuck in.
“Not an overly imposing figure physically, he makes up for that with his aggression and hunger on the pitch. Not afraid of a tackle, to try the ambitious pass or take the shot on.
“Leigh showed a few times that he has the ability to burst forward from midfield, into forward areas and hit the box – which almost led to him opening the scoring in the first half.”
Premier League Clubs Continue to Look at Bringing in Youthful Talent From the EFL
Given the nature of the EFL pyramid, talented youngsters are sometimes picked up from the lower divisions, tabling offers that are too tempting to turn down.
And with England’s traditional top six continuing to dominate the European transfer market, the EFL is now being explored more often than ever.