Alan Swann’s Posh review of the season - Who is the Marmite man?

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A frustrating League One season for Posh has come to an end. Alan Swann has been watching closely all season and here he delivers his verdicts (and one-word summaries) of the class of 2014/2015.

BEN ALNWICK

A refreshing change to see a goalkeeper happy to leave his line and deal with crosses. Can’t remember many errors that led to goals and enjoyed a purple patch after the change of management.

VERDICT: Hit

ONE WORD: Safe

JERMAINE ANDERSON

Has midfield potential, but club officials comparing him to Dele Alli early in the season did him no favours. Inevitable disappointment after that and injured for last part of season.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Over-rated

HARRY ANDERSON

A teenager who has improved slowly, but surely since his former yout team manager gave him a chance. Showed good energy and instincts and clearly the best of the teenagers

VERDICT: Hit

ONE-WORD: Promising

HARRY BEAUTYMAN

He’s best as a box-to-box midfielder, but he was rarely asked to fulfil that role and hardly featured once there was a change of manager. I expect a big improvement from him next season.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE-WORD: Frustrating

MICHAEL BOSTWICK

A revelation in midfield in the last quarter of the season when his tackling power and shooting power really came to the fore. Struggled as a full-back, midfielder and a centre-back under Ferguson

VERDICT: Hit

ONE WORD: Powerful

SHAUN BRISLEY

He’s a better defender than many people give hum credit for, but he needs to play in the middle of a back three to show his best form. Decent on the ball and effective in the air. Could have been used better.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Ignored

CHRISTIAN BURGESS

Clearly a gifted player, but his on-the-ball ability was deemed a luxury under Dave Robertson. Needs to prove he can defend strongly first and foremost, but I wouldn’t write him off.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Casual

LUKE JAMES

If attitude and workrate were the most important attributes, this striker would have been player -of-the-season.

Bought and paid to score goals though and he didn’t. Needs to put that right quickly.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Inaccurate

MARCUS MADDISON

Outstanding in his first two months. Great goals, many assists, crowd-pleaser. Injury halted him in his tracks and he was never the same when he returned. Needs to cut down on the drama.

VERDICT: Hit

ONE-WORD: Theatrical

AARON MCLEAN

He was the same big trier as he was when he first played for Posh, but all his other strengths have deserted him. Finished the season on the subs bench even though he helped pick the team.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE-WORD: Memories

JOE NEWELL

Improved on a poor 2013-14 campaign, but club still need to work out his best position - it’s on the left wing - and keep him there. Has the skill to play successfully at League One level, but should toughen up.

VERDICT: Hit

ONE-WORD: Marmite

KGOSI NTLHE

Plays with his heart on his sleeve and notably performed better when he had Gaby Zakuani on his right-hand side: But too many slack moments when marking or passing.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Sloppy

ERHUN OZTUMER

A match sponsors favourite, but one who might struggle unless a particular formation is employed. Terrific attitide and he has quality, but could do with getting his head up when in possession

VERDICT: Hit

ONE WORD: Champagne

JACK PAYNE

A captain who gives his all, but who lost his place in the starting line-up at times. At his best he can tackle, pass and shoot as well as anyone in the squad, but that best was often well hidden.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Quiet

RICARDO SANTOS

He was written off as a professional footballer in the first half of the season, but he responded well to a new manager who ensured he kept things simple. Lots to learn and lesson one is he’s no right-back.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Telescopic

MICHAEL SMITH

Messed around positionally for the first-half of the season, but eventually became one of the most reliable performers in the squad.

Expecting big things from right-back next season.

VERDICT: Hit

ONE-WORD: Consistent

JON TAYLOR

One of the biggest disappointments of the season because it was obvious he’s a big talent, but injury stopped him showing it. It’s a big pre-season never mind full season ahead for the winger.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Knee

KYLE VASSELL

Some classy finishing through August covered up the loss of Assombalonga, but he made little impact outside the penalty area and spent the end of the season not getting a game in League Two.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Flattered

CONOR WASHINGTON

Top scored with 13 League One goals, but he won’t reach 20 in a season until he improves his heading and his decision-making. Works hard for the team and will benefit from some stronger help.

VERDICT: Miss

ONE WORD: Selfless

GABY ZAKUANI

He played less than half the games and made an absolute mockery of that statistic when he was finally employed in a style of play that suits his no-nonsense approach.

Comfortably the best defender.

VERDICT: Hit

ONE WORD: Dominant