Fergie defends the use of a loan goalkeeper over one who has waited patiently for a chance at Posh all season
Posh boss Darren Ferguson has defended his decision to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Josef Bursik on an emergency loan rather than give back-up number one Dan Gyollai his chance to shine in the final seven games of the League One season.
Some Posh fans felt Ferguson’s decision was harsh on 24 year-old Gyollai who was signed from Wigan on a free transfer in the summer, but has yet to play a League One match for the club.
Gyollai has been restricted to four EFL Trophy games for Posh as Ferguson kept faith with Christy Pym. The Hungariuan youth international has never played a Football League match, nor has Academy graduate goalkeeper Will Blackmore.
Pym’s season ending side muscle injury suffered in the Easter Monday draw with Sunderland appeared to hand an opportunity to Gyollai, but Posh instead took advantage of an EFL regulation which allows emergency loans for goalkeepers in the event of injuries or back-up ‘keepers having played less than five career Football League matches.
Under the emergency loan rules, Pym’s injury must be re-assessed every week and as soon as he is fit Bursik must return to Stoke. This also covers the play-offs.
Bursik completed his move to Posh yesterday and will start tomorrow’s League One game at Swindon (April 10, 3pm).
Ferguson said: “As always I have made a decision based on what’s best for the team. If Christy had just been missing for one or two games I’d have gone with Dan, but the magnitude of what’s to come meant I wanted more experience for the last seven games. Dan and Will have not played many games. It’s no slight on those two.
“It’s the business end of the season. It would a lot to ask of either Dan or Will to throw them straight in. I have spoke to Dan and he understands the situation.”