No matter how much of a struggle a season becomes - and it’s been tough viewing at times in The ABAX Stadium in 2016-17 - there’s always a healthy debate about the top Peterborough United performers.
Here are Peterborough Telegraph writer Alan Swann’s top six, in reverse order....
6) He irritates the hell out of me at times with his theatrics, but you can’t deny there is more chance of a Posh goal when MARCUS MADDISON is on the pitch.
Maddison has 14 assists in League One this season - the most in the division - and he’d have many more with better anticipation and finishing from his team-mates.
His goals have dried up - just one since October 8, although it was a cracker - but he remains the Posh player with the most potential.
5) It’s a certainty captain CHRIS FORRESTER won’t pick up as many votes as he should because his form has nose-dived just when most polls begin.
But, up to and including the FA Cup trip to Chelsea, Forrester was often a class act in midfield when his range of passing and his midfield urgings were obvious. Unspecifield personal issues apparently contributed to his form collapsing.
His performance at Stamford Bridge was the stand-out individual display of the season for me. Scoring the winning goal in the last minute of a derby at Sixfields was the individual moment of the campaign.
4) Surprisingly for such a creative player, Posh boss Grant McCann has had more success with his defensive signings than his attacking ones. RYAN TAFAZOLLI is the imposing centre-half Posh have needed since Gaby Zakuani’s body started to creak.
He’s been at his best when Posh backs have been against the wall. He’s a mighty presence when defending crosses and set-pieces.
Improvement required in the opposition penalty area when he should be a much dangerous player, and in possession.
3) Ben Alnwick looks like he will help Bolton to the Championship and good luck to him, but I still feel he unwittingly did Posh a great favour when delivering his transfer request towards the end of August.
Behind a less-solid defence than Bolton’s, LUKE MCGEE has been outstanding for most of the season, especially when saving penalties in successive games at Southend and Shrewsbury to earn Posh an extra couple of points.
His form, and his mood towards his defenders, slumped a little when results started going awry, but I still believe has the potential to become the best Posh ‘keeper since Ian Bennett in the early 1990s.
2) MICHAEL BOSTWICK played well in a defensive midfield role when faced with hoof-it sides like Bolton and Cobblers, but he can be too easily out-manouevred against the passing sides.
His best position is centre-back in my opinion, preferably alongside Ryan Tafazolli, but I don’t think he’s helped by regular changes of position. His attitude, commitment and bravery ensure he is one of the most popular players in the squad and probably the first name on Grant McCann’s teamsheet.
1) It’s been one of the season’s mysteries to me why GWION EDWARDS was ever a) left out of the side or b) substituted so often.
The best Posh form of the season arrived in the run-up to Christmas when the Welsh wizard was at his most productive. He scored in four successive matches at one point and even though he’s not played since February 18, he remains the second highest scorer in the squad. From midfield.
An exciting runner with the ball and scorer of great goals (v Chesterfield, home & Charlton, away) without ever shirking his defensive duties.
Apps: 40 (10 as a sub)
For a grading of the rest of the Posh squad purchase today’s (March 30) Peterborough Telegraph.