POSH PREVIEW: Westley confident Elder will stay until May

Callum Elder of Peterborough United celebrates scoring against Doncaster Rovers.

Callum Elder of Peterborough United celebrates scoring against Doncaster Rovers.

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Peterborough United manager Graham Westley has revealed today (December 17) that he expects Callum Elder’s current loan deal to be extended until the end of the season.

It is news that will be greatly received by Posh fans who have sung the praises of the 20-year-old defender since his arrival from Leicester.

Westley said: “Nothing has been agreed between the clubs so far but conversations between all parties have been highly constructive and I would be very surprised if that loan deal wasn’t extended until the end of the season.”

On Saturday, Posh face a tough trip to Blackpool, who despite languishing in 19 position in League One, come into the game after recording back-to-back victories against local rivals Fleetwood and promotion-chasing Wigan.

The Seasiders have only conceded three goals in their last five home games so the Posh goal machine will have to be on top form to crack the Tangerine backline.

Westley said: “The North West has been hit by some bad weather recently so we know that it will be a tough environment to play in. However, our away fans have been brilliant this season and we look forward to having their backing once again on Saturday.

“Our form on the road has been good this season and I think that playing away can suit us because the games tend to be more open instead of teams coming to the ABAX to defend.

“Blackpool’s result at Wigan shows what performance they are capable of producing and shows that the team are playing for their manager.

“We dominate the possession in most of the games we play and we will create chances.

“The minute we get onto the pitch against Blackpool I want us to start strong and take the game to them.”

Posh creative midfielder Jon Taylor was only able to complete 30 minutes against Shrewsbury last weekend due to injury and Westley hopes that the former Shrewsbury man can make an impact on Saturday’s game.

He said: “We missed Taylor’s thrust last weekend. He has been terrific since I have been at the club and he makes a real difference to the team because he can always beat a man. I love having him in the team. He has a terrific attitude and just wants to keep improving.”

Another player in contention for the weekend is West Ham loanee Martin Samuelsen. The 18-year-old missed out last Saturday due to an injury he sustained while playing for the West Ham Under 21 side.

Westley said: “Martin has been training well this week and looks lively. He is a fantastic player who you will see play at Premier League level in the future because he is a special talent.”