Lee Tomlin: A flawed and foolish genius

Posh centre-back Michael Bostwick gives Lee Tomlin a stare after the striker is sent off at Swindon on Saturday (11 January). Photo: David Lowndes
Posh centre-back Michael Bostwick gives Lee Tomlin a stare after the striker is sent off at Swindon on Saturday (11 January). Photo: David Lowndes
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Thursday, 7.20am: Peterborough United striker Lee Tomlin’s ill-discipline could cost him a dream move away from London Road.

At the age of 25 Tomlin has already collected seven red cards in a career that has mixed moments of genius with moments of witless behaviour.

Tomlin’s roll of dishonour at Posh started at Hartlepool in 2010 and carried on against Leeds 12 months later and at Bristol City in December 2011.

And twice this season at Colchester and at Swindon Tomlin has again seen red. It’s hard to argue against any of the decisions.

Tomlin was angry with Posh in the August transfer window for denying him the chance to move for Celtic.

And manager Darren Ferguson implied during his post-match interview after the Swindon game that Tomlin’s constant poor behaviour could have been a ruse to force a move in the January transfer window.

Tomlin was sent off at the County Ground for shoving an opponent to the ground just 20 minutes after collecting a caution.

Ferguson said: “If Lee thinks that by behaving like this he will get a move away from the club he’s sadly mistaken.

“In fact I will go the other way. We won’t simply wash our hands of him, I will make sure he doesn’t go anywhere.

“He now owes me and his team-mates massively. It showed a serious lack of judgement from him after he’d already been booked.

“I asked him what he was thinking, but I suspect even he doesn’t know.”

Tomlin received a two-match ban for his latest indiscretion and he also faces a financial punishment under the club’s own disciplinary code.

A national newspaper was quick to report that Tomlin, in a direct contradiction of his manager, was transfer-listed on Monday.

When Ferguson was quizzed about that after the midweek FA Cup defeat by non-legaue Kidderminster, his response was hardly conclusive.

Ferguson added: “I have been made aware of that story and I have no idea where it came from. Lee Tomlin is still our player.”

Tomlin will complete his suspension in Saturday’s League One home match with Tranmere.

Swanny’s say on a Posh problem

From 4.30pm on Saturday to 7.45pm on Tuesday my mind was made up.

Posh had to get rid of Lee Tomlin. His ill-discipline was outweighing his undoubted ability - he’d become a hindrance rather than a help to the Posh cause.

But then I watched Posh play without him against a non-league side and the result, as usual, was dreadful.

Tomlin is the only hope Posh have of winning promotion this season.

Letting him leave will mean accepting another season in League One.

I’d keep keep him and sell him in the summer - if anyone is willing to take a punt on such a controversial and unreliable character that is.

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