Fans’ favourite Gaby Zakuani insists Peterborough United are not far short of being strong League One promotion contenders.
The 28 year-old centre-back believes they have a powerful defensive base from which to launch their challenge. He also believes the best first-team managerial option is already working at the ABAX Stadium.
Zakuani remains a firm supporter of the Dave Robertson/Grant McCann managerial partnership. Robertson remains the hot favourite to be handed the post on a longer-term contract.
“Last season was tough and challenging for us,” Zakuani admitted. “We had a good start, suffered a massive dip in form, and then came out the other side in reasonably good shape.
“We did well in the end to finish ninth, level on points with eighth, and in my opinion we are in good shape to have a run at promotion next season.
“We already have a strong back line and if if we can just add a couple of players to the squad we will be strong enough everywhere to get where we want to be.
“On a personal level I would be very happy if Dave Robertson and Grant McCann stay in charge. They deserved credit for stabilising the club and for enabling us to have a run at the play-offs, We just didn’t kick on early enough.
“Obviously I was pleased that when Dave took over he enabled me to play my own game. I always said I just wanted a run of games to show my best. When that happened I found my rhythm and that helped me prove that I am right up there in terms of League One defenders.
“Dave deserves a chance to build his own team next season and my aim is to play as many games as I can to help this side get back where we belong towards the top of the table.
“I know I can also help the younger lads which is also a strength of Grant McCann. I think we will be a strong side again. “
Zakuani played just 27 of Posh’s 50 competitive matches last season. He missed part of the campaign to help DR Congo to a third-place finish in the African Cup of Nations.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony has interviewed Robertson regarding the manager’s post, but intends to interview other candidates before making a final decision before the end of this month.
Posh transfer listed seven senior players last week and released three others who were out of contract.