Manchester United loanee Will Keane is confident the “goals will come” at Preston North End.
The striker is spending the season on loan at Deepdale and was given the opportunity to shine in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, when he played all 120 minutes of their tie against Bournemouth.
Preston lost the tie 3-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw but Keane was named Man of the Match and also did his part, slotting his penalty past Bournemouth keeper Adam Federici.
The 22-year-old insisted he was happy to get some minutes under his belt.
Speaking about the match, he said: “It was good to get a run out against Bournemouth, it was a tough match, but I thought the team played very well after a disappointing result at the weekend.
“For me it was good to get 120 minutes, and I feel much better for that, I thought I got into some good positions and had a couple of chances so there’s definitely something to build on.”
Keane has had a difficult career with injuries so far, suffering a torn cruciate ligament in 2012 which hampered his chances of progressing to the Man United first team. However, he is still taking positives from his loan move and is eager to get back to the level he used to be at.
He continued: “I came close a couple of times on Tuesday, but the most pleasing thing for me is that I’m getting in the right positions and creating the chances and I think if we keep doing that, I will start to put them away. I want to just keep pushing on now and I’m sure the goals will come.”
Keane will hope his performance against Bournemouth is a stepping stone to greater things. He will know that, if and when he comes back to United, he will have his work cut out for him. The likes of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay are mainstays in the team already and the young striker will have to work extremely hard to make a name for himself at Old Trafford.