POSH NEWS: Conor can become a star striker in the Championship

Conor Washington of Peterborough United watches his shot miss the target at Coventry. Picture: Joe Dent

Conor Washington of Peterborough United watches his shot miss the target at Coventry. Picture: Joe Dent

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Posh boss Graham Westley is convinced he can turn Conor Washington into a Championship standard striker.

Washington came under fire from Posh fans after missing a succession of scoring chances in the 3-2 League One defeat at Coventry last Saturday.

Washington’s finishing ruined some outstanding approach work from the 23 year-old who has just three goals to his name this season, the same number as central defender Gaby Zakuani.

Washington’s career record of 29 goals in 129 appearances (87 starts) doesn’t suggest Posh have a potentially prolific striker on their hands, but Westley has a different opinion.

“Conor was outstanding at times at Coventry,” Westley insisted. “Stage one of his development is to improve as a player which he has done.

“Stage two is to improve his finishing which I have no doubts he will also do.

“Conor has shown me in training what he is capable of and I see a player capable of being a top League One striker and someone who can play even higher.

“He can become one of the best forwards in League One. I have no doubt about that.

“I am confident I can help to continue his development as I have helped to improve strikers before. I had Simeon Jackson with me at Rushden and he improved with us. I also had Steve Morison at Stevenage and he improved quickly.

“Conor Washington has the right attitude for a start. He works hard and he wants to listen and learn. We have a very good player on our hands and it’s up to me and my staff to get the best out of him.”