There is a worrying pattern forming in Peterborough United’s EFL performances this season. Centre Forwards are not converting and thus are, justifiably, being scrutinised.
Over the Darragh Macanthony Era Posh have had some of the most clinical finishers in League Football on the books, Craig Mackail-Smith (80 goals 185 appearances), Aaron Mclean (67 goals in 148 appearances), Britt Assombalonga (23 goals in 43 appearances). All of these players were supported with supply from the likes of Tommy Rowe, George Boyd and Lee Tomlin, excellent midfields for the club.
If you take that trio alone and compare it to the current midfielders at the Abax you’d probably have to say that the current crop has the potential to be even better.
Chris Forester’s passing is pin point and many PUFC strikers of yesteryear would have had a field day picking up on his deliveries.
Giwion Edwards has pace to get down the wings and cause havoc in and around the edge of the box.
Leo Da Silva Lopes is one of the best raw players to come through the ranks at the club, his forward movement is great and when he develops into an experienced attacking midfielder he will start rackig up the assists and goals.
Marcus Maddison can deliver excellent dead balls, play on the wing to provide, or just in the hole behind the front men. He can be the difference in matches which proved vital on Saturday against Walsall.
Maddison’s curled effort was the only shot to get past Walsall Keeper, and my Man of the Match, Neil Etheridge. Etheridge’s goal was peppered with shots from the Posh midfield all afternoon with strikers Tom Nichols and Paul Taylor also missing clear cut chances and that is the current Peterborough United problem. The midfielders cannot do everything. Nichols’ chance should have been converted; he simply was not clinical enough. I am a fan of Tom Nichols but he needs support, a strike partner, a role model almost.
Posh are lacking an out an out finisher and it is now starting to prove costly. Walsall are a good side so there is no shame in the draw but the foundations are set with an attacking midfield to feed a decent striker that can finish.
As I finish this article I’m going to close the laptop lid and head to Shrewsbury away. Hopefully by the time I get there we’ll have signed Conor Washington back on loan from QPR. The Championship seems to be proving too much for him at the minute, so a loan move to League One could really work! I wonder if DMAC, Fry and McCann agree?