Magic Marcus at least provided some thrills

Marcus Maddison is a contender for player of the year.

Marcus Maddison is a contender for player of the year.

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The needle in the proverbial haystack showed itself more readily than the candidates for Posh player-of-the-season.

There has been no Britt Assombalonga - an outstanding talent who towers over the rest in terms of performance and impact - in the squad this season.

Instead Assombalonga left behind a bunch of honest toilers, most of whom have enjoyed good spells of form, but few have been consistently good all season.

Voting for the best Posh player of 2014-15 is like voting for the best singer in the Spice Girls. ‘Best’ is a generous term in both cases.

Striker Kyle Vassell was the star of August, but is now on loan at League Two side Oxford United.

Joe Newell had a bright spell when Posh were struggling before Christmas and Gaby Zakuani has been immense since Darren Ferguson, and his belief that all defenders should play like Bobby Moore, left the building.

Here I’m nominating my top six players this season, in reverse order, but feel free to disagree using e-mail or Twitter.

6) Joe Newell - The attacking midfielder has been much improved this season, but he started from such a low base, we shouldn’t be getting carried away with his form too much now.

Still needs to show more consistency and contribute more goals , but he’s far better in wide positions than central ones, never mind what Ferguson used to say.

5) Ben Alnwick - Goalkeepers often get many votes in poor seasons. Juggling Joe Lewis is a former Posh player-of-the-season, but Alnwick has generally been solid and reliable. He was excellent during the recent winning streak.

4) Gaby Zakuani - If Dave Robertson had been manager in August, the centre-back would probably be runnng away with the all player-of-the-year polls.

Let him defend and leave the square passes to others. He’s been immense since that became the Posh way.

3) Marcus Maddison - In a season with so few thrills, at least he provided some with six goals in his first 11 games for the club, most of them spectacular.

The timing of his injury was a disaster for him and the team as he hasn’t returned the same player and the team have struggled pretty much ever since.

2) Michael Smith - Deserves credit for the way he’s responded to playing out of position so often early in the season and to quickly becoming one of Fergie’s regular scapegoats.

Another to have performed outstandingly well since the change of manager.

1) Michael Bostwick - The Boss has played as a full-back, centre-back and a central midfielder this term and that versatility is vital in the lower leagues.

He hasn’t always played well, although he has been exceptional in the last two months, but his commitment to the cause has never wavered.