Peterborough United’s teenage midfielder Jermaine Anderson is tipped to become the next big Posh sale.
Certainly his recent improvement in form and run of five goals n five games is attracting the attentions of the same scouts who used to salivate over the skills of Dwight Gayle and Britt Assombalonga.
Gayle left Posh in a £6 million switch to Crystal Palace just six months after joining Posh in 2013, while Assombalonga moved to Nottingham Forest for £5.5 million after one season at Posh 15 months later.
Championship clubs Charlton and Fulham were linked with a January transfer move for Anderson over the weekend, but Posh think he will move one day to a bigger and club than those two.
Anderson is a level-headed 19 year-old though which is just as well as he has a manager in Graham Westley who likes to compare him to new England star Dele Alli and a chairman in Darragh MacAnthony who has been championing his talents ever since he made his Posh debut at the age of 16 in the Championship.
“It’s nice to be compared to someone as good as Dele Alli,” Anderson admitted. “It’s also nice that I have a manager and chairman who seem to rate me.
“Obviously it’s every young player’s goal to play for their country and I’d love one day to play for England.
“Failing that I want to play at the highest level I can, but I’m a long way from that. All I’m concentrating on at the moment is working as hard as I possibly can in training and then playing as well as I can in every match.
“I’ve been in a good run of form, especially in front of goal, but I can’t rest on my laurels.
“The gaffer and Grant McCann have worked hard with me on my attacking game and it’s paid off recently.
“I’ve been encouraged to get into the opposition penalty area and if I can do that I will get plenty of chances to score in this team.”
Anderson netted twice in the 5-1 League One win at Crewe last weekend (November 21). He failed to score for the first time in five matches in Tuesday’s (November 24) 3-2 win over Barnsley at the ABAX Stadium, but only by the width of an upright.
“Obviously I was pleased with the two goals at Crewe, but I was disappointed not to get a hat-trick as I missed an easy header at the end. I don’t think hat-trick opportunities will come along too often.”
Anderson collected his fifth caution of the season during the win over Barnsley and will now miss Saturday’s (November 28) League One trip to Scunthorpe.
Westley, who said at a recent fans’ forum that it might be diffuclt for Posh to hold on to their best players in January, said: “Dele Alli was taken out of League One and within months he’s playing for England.
“Jermaine isn’t at that level yet, but there are similarities in terms of his goal-scoring from midfield. He’s improving quickly and, just as importantly, he’s one of many young players we have who want to learn the game.”
MacAnthony added: “It’s great to see one of our young players contributing goals and assists to the team.”
Anderson and Alli are the same age and play in the same position. Alli scored 26 goals in 105 games for MK Dons before moving to Spurs. Anderson has seven goals in 54 games for Posh.