Written by Alex Kay
Another poor attempt to return to the Sky Bet Championship with what is now consecutive season’s to forget for The Posh. Since their unfortunate demise to League One, Peterborough have struggled, only reaching the play-offs once in the last 3 terms. It is certainly time for change and now with former captain and club icon Grant McCann at the helm, I look to identify 3 key players that could make the season successful or even ‘special’ for The Posh!
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1. Chris Forrester
The Irish talent came straight off the back of an outstanding season in the Irish first division, picking up young player of the year in the process. He made the step up immediately without a summer break to have a very impressive first term in English football. His clever play allows him to always be able to take possession, move forward or keep things ticking over. The play-maker is too often overlooked for his abilities as he takes little goal scoring glory, but has been highly praised by the coaching set up at Posh and from the media being dubbed as ‘the Irish Michael Carrick’. It is not so often a player can make the step up in terms of quality of football and make it look so easy, but he did and started making a name for himself. Having sparked interest from the Irish FA, he was unlucky to miss out on the Ireland national set up going into the Euro’s but Martin O’Niell said he is to be involved in the World Cup qualifiers after the Euro’s are done. He is certainly one of the better talents in the division, and a rising star in the football league meaning that with another good season under his belt he could easily see himself playing Championship football next time around with or without The Posh.
2. John Taylor
The former Shrewsbury Town hero enjoyed a good second season at London Road. He had a decent if not underwhelming first campaign with Posh, in a season that was riddled with injury, something he that looks like he has put behind him following the impressive performances he put in this time around. Ending the season as Posh’s joint top goal scorer, he was a diamond in the rough in what was a frustrating campaign. The winger found himself taking up a more advanced role this time around, and with his direct play and terrifying pace he was more than a handful for League One defences as proved by his goal tally. He finished the season with 13 goals and 5 assists in all competition, not bad from midfield. That along with his energies allowing him to close down from the front proves his importance in his role within the squad. Hopefully he can back this up with another good individual and team campaign as Posh look forward to push back into the second tier of English Football.
3. Jermaine Anderson
Anderson was having a dream start to the season on a personal level last time out. His impressive performances amongst a struggling Peterborough United team earned him young player of the month in November, where the midfielder scored 4 goals as well as a place in the England under 20 squad, however his fortunes were about to change. He suffered a big knee injury in the FA cup tie against Luton ruling him out for the season. Despite this, in the 16 games Anderson played he managed 6 goals and 4 assists, an impressive record from the 20 year old. The box-to-box midfielder was dominating games from the middle of the park with great work in both boxes, which is where games are won and lost. His unfortunate injury came with horrific timing, but hopefully he can bounce right back with a good pre-season under his belt and begin with some more impressive performances.
Posh fans, do you agree with these 3? Let us know who would your key players be?
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