Four new players will be enough

Posh need centre-back Jack Baldwin back as soon as possible.
Posh need centre-back Jack Baldwin back as soon as possible.
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The transfer window (for permanent signings at least) shuts on September 1.

Will Posh be shopping before then? The Peterborough Telegraph’s Posh writer Alan Swann thinks they should.

Posh need...

A goalkeeper to put pressure on Ben Alnwick. If 17 year-old back-up ‘keeper Dion-Curtis Henry isn’t ready for first-team football, then find someone who is. Alnwick needs someone to push him and to replace him if he doesn’t improve.

A left-back to cover or replace Kgosi Ntlhe. Ntlhe’s habit of picking up injuries has already come back to haunt Posh who went into the League One season with two potential left-backs and promptly let one of them go out on loan.

A midfielder capable of creating or scoring goals. This was a problem last season until Michael Bostwick starting banging goals in towards the end of the campaign and it clearly wasn’t addressed successfully in the summer.

Surely the club didn’t think Jack Collison would magically overcome all his injury issues and turn into a cross between Grant McCann and George Boyd?

A natural goalscorer because there isn’t one in the current squad. Few chances are being created, but the movement of the likes of Conor Washing’t ton, Joe Gormley and Souleymane Coulibaly doesn’t yell out to me that there is a free-scoring striker in the camp. Expecting Washington to score 20 goals in a season, as some do, is optimistic.

When Jack Baldwin returns from injury and Gaby Zakuani settles down on his return from suspension, Posh should get by with what they have in the centre of defence.

Equally Michael Smith’s recovery from a back injury can’t come soon enough. A solid back four is going to be crucial, especially as there looks likely to be a goal shortage once Marcus Maddison stops banging them in from 25 yards.