Man of the match Erhun Oztumer was in a buoyant mood after Peterborough United’s excellent 4-0 win over Doncaster at the ABAX Stadium yesterday (October 24).
In a lengthy, and assured, post-match chat with reporters, the Turkish midfielder is certain Posh displayed their promotion credentials after Graham Westley’s side combined excellent attacking play with a first home Football League clean sheet for six-and-a-half months.
Certainly Oztumer is brimming with confidence. The former non-league star scored against Doncaster yesterday to make it three goals in six appearances this season. The 24 year-old is starting to produce the form that many expected from him as soon as he arrived at the ABAX Stadium from Dulwich Hamlet 18 months ago.
Manager Graham Westley has also given Oztumer (also known as the Turkish Messi last season) a new nickname.
““The manager calls me Harry Potter. He calls me a wizard which is unbelievable really,” Oztumer revealed.
“I’d like to finish with 10-15 goals this year. Of course it is possible. I think I’ve got the talent, I think I get in the right areas, I create a lot, so why not?
“Last year I had to adapt to the training and just get used to the league and this year I’ve really kicked on, My body feels good, strong and I think I’m getting used to the standard.
“Grant McCann (assistant manager) helped me a lot during this transition. He’s given me the opportunity to play and he gives me tips here and there and I’m just taking it on board. I feel like I’m a better player and I feel like I’m still improving so hopefully I can just keep scoring and keep helping the team to win.
“As a team I think we’ve got the right mentality, tactical ability and technique. I think we’ve got everything we need to go up this year and I think we’ve got the fans backing.
“The team this year is much stronger, everyone’s matured a year and we all want the same thing. We want promotion.”
Oztumer also appears to have taken on the role of mentor to other Posh players, He was particularly pleased that Conor Washington was back on the scoresheet.
“We had a lot of opportunities to score that we didn’t take and Conor had a couple in the first half,” Oztumer added.
“But I spoke to him and said ‘it’s going to come, keep shooting, keep believing. Conor’s a nice guy and I think it affects him when he misses, so I was so happy that he scored. I was pointing to him [when celebrating] just for the fans to
appreciate that he’s stuck at it and scored his goal.
“I don’t know why he’s had criticism. He’s a great player. I know as a striker you’ve got to score goals for the fans to like you, but I think he’s getting in the right positions so I’m telling you the goals will come and I was really happy for him.
“It’s a joy, you know, you’ve got Conor, you’ve got Lee [Angol], you’ve got Coulibaly and they’re all runners, they make my job so easy. I love to get assists, I love putting them through, it just makes the game so easy for me.”
Oztumer must now turn his attention to Posh’s next match, away at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday (October 31) to play League One high-fliers Coventry City.