A Posh guessing game has started after manager Graham Westley repeated a prediction that the club would be buying and selling during the January transfer window.
Westley chose a Sky TV interview in which he was celebrating his manager of the month award for November, to admit that Posh were a ‘selling club’.
It’s also only right to confirm that Posh also expect to bring a couple of players to the club as they remain committed to a League One promotion push.
Westley said: “I expect to lose one or two players in January.
“We are a selling club, it’s what we do.
“We bring young players in with a promise to develop them and sell them to a bigger club, as long as the price is right.
“I expect we will bring a couple 0f players in as well.”
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirmed, through his Twitter account, later that day that he expects transfer business to be conducted in January. Posh have just announced a loss of £1.9million for the year ending June 2015.
MacAnthony said: “We will possibly be selling, but we will also be strengthening where needed.
“What League One club won’t be doing business in January?
“It (selling players) doesn’t mean a lack of ambition. The sale of Britt Assombalonga and Lee Tomlin allowed us to buy the likes of Conor Washington, Jack Baldwin, Ricardo Santos, Erhun Oztumer, Marcus Maddison, Lee Angol, Michael Smith and Jon Taylor, all of whom have become top players.”
So who should Posh sell (if they have to) and who should they most definitely keep? Sale recommendations are not a slight on a player’s ability, but based on potential transfer fee and current Posh squad strength.
If clubs such as Benfica really are interested in a commanding defender then push the sale through. Gaby Zakuani, Jack Baldwin and Michael Bostwick are centre-backs capable of helping Posh to promotion.
I love this attacker’s attitude, and his pace and direct running are a handful, and he’s enjoying a great season, but Posh can cover his role with Marcus Maddison
He’s the best player in the squad. In a team that creates so many chances he is the most reliable finisher from all sorts of distances.
Posh only have three specialist strikers. I would hate to see another club benefit from Washington’s rapid all-round improvement this season.
A class recruit who plays the role at the base of a midfield diamond better than even Grant McCann managed.