POSH PREVIEW: Fox hunting a first-team place at Peterborough United

Andrew Fox is close to making his Posh debut. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Andrew Fox is close to making his Posh debut. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Summer signing Andrew Fox is closing in on his Peterborough United debut.

The 22 year-old - a player comfortable in midfield or as a full-back - has impressed manager Posh Graham Westley in recent weeks, particularly in Tuesday’s (October 14) FA Premier League Under 21 Cup defeat at Exeter.

Posh star Marcus Maddison is expected to shake off an ankle injury and play at Port Vale. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.

Posh star Marcus Maddison is expected to shake off an ankle injury and play at Port Vale. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.

Fox probably won’t start tomorrow’s (October 17) League One match at Port Vale, but he looks certain to be involved. Westley has included him on the substitutes’ bench for recent matches.

Fox was signed by former Posh boss Dave Robertson after a successful spell in colege football in the United States. His only experience of English professional football is a six-game loan spell at National League bottom club Kidderminster Harriers.

Posh midfielder Chris Forrester is a doubt for the trip to Vale Park, but Marcus Maddison is expected to return to the starting line-up after resting his troublesome ankle in the win at Swindon last weekend.

“Andrew Fox is a fantastic talent with sensational ability,” Westley said. “He’s not yet played a part in the first team, but he is giving me a headache with his performances in reserve games and in training.

“He’s added aggression and purpose to his game. He’s a great trainer and a very good listener.

“We have some decisions to make tomorrow which is a good thing, but we will be putting out a strong team, one that we think can win and win well.

“A chain is only as its weakest link and a team is only as strong as those on the fringes.

“We have competition for places which is very healthy and even those currently in the first team know they are fighting for their place. Everyone is on their toes which is how it should be.

“It’s a tough game for us tomorrow. We have won two games in a row, but what’s gone before doesn’t matter tomorrow. Winning after winning is all about starting again. We have shown we know how to win though and that’s a vital skill to have.”

Long-term injury victim Jack Baldwin has been training with the first-team squad this week and is close to a return to action as is midfielder Harry Beautyman.

Midfielder Erhun Oztumer sits out the final game of his three-match ban.