Erhun Oztumer looks set to return to the Peterborough United starting line-up tomorrow (October 20) as manager Graham Westley prepares to freshen the side up for the visit of Wigan to the ABAX Stadium (7.45pm kick off).
Posh have won four and lost just one of their last seven League One matches, but Westley believes the time is right to ‘shake things up’. Westley said several of his players were ‘below par’ during the 1-1 League draw at Port Vale on Saturday (October 17).
Oztumer is available again after serving a three-match suspension, while Harry Anderson, Souleymane Coulibaly and Andrew Fox could also be included from the start. It would be a Posh debut for Fox.
Star attacking player Marcus Maddison might sit out a third straight game because of an ankle injury. Lee Angol may be rested after starting the last seven games and scoring five goals.
Westley said: “We will shake things up tomorrow. We will make several changes. We believe it’s the right thing to do as a Tuesday night game at home is the perfect time to bring in players who are fresh and capable of giving us the vibrancy we will need,
“Players always pick up knocks on a Saturday and it could be I leave those players on the bench in the knowledge they can come on late in a game if we need them
“Erhun is available again which is good for us. He’s a wizard and it’s always great to have a wizard available. He was a consistent performer until he was suspended. He’s a player who performs and trains with a smile on his face and he is a great talent.
“He’s a very brave footballer. He takes lots of touches and he’s always trying to do something positive and creative. Every time I see him he excites me.
“We have a lot of players like that, but when there is a lot of quality in the squad it can bring high expectations which can then turn into the sort of pressure that’s not constructive.
“We have to manage those expectations and remember that we are dealing with young players who won’t always be consistent. We have to make sure we keep their confidence high.
“We were below par at Port Vale, We maybe had four or five players below par. We didn’t dominate the ball in the middle of the park like we can.
“The stats showed that we made more passes than Vale and that we had more shots, but we know that we can improve on that performance.
“We left Marcus behind last week because we didn’t think the travelling would do him any good. I expect him back imminently.”
On loan central defender Alex Davey was left out of the matchday squad on Saturday because of a niggle.
Posh fans are reminded that the purchase of a ticket for tomorrow’s game with Wigan will lead to half-price admission for the home match with Doncaster on Saturday (October 24). Former Posh boss Darren Ferguson is the new manager of Doncaster.