Posh set to enter loan transfer market

Striker Britt Assombalonga sould soon have help as Posh prepare to enter the loan transfer market.
Striker Britt Assombalonga sould soon have help as Posh prepare to enter the loan transfer market.
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Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has hinted that his club will soon be trying to bolster their squad with loan signings.

The 3-1 home defeat by League One leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday (November 2) appears to have jolted the Posh management team into action.

Third-placed Posh have scored just three goals in their last five League matches and have slipped six points behind Orient.

Posh will also be six points behind second-placed Wolves if they win at Carlisle tomorrow (November 5).

MacAnthony labelled the weekend Posh display as ‘disgraceful’ on Twitter within minutes of the final whistle, but 24 hours later he was back to his normal optimistic self.

He said: “Great chat with the gaffer. We both know what needs addressing to bring pace, aggressiveness and goals back into our games - and how to get back to winning matches.”

When a Posh fan asked MacAnthony whether or not that meant a dabble in the loan market, the chairman replied: “It would be rude not to.”

Forwards are the most likely loan targets for Posh who have cover in all other departments.

Posh have struggled in attack since play-maker Lee Tomlin picked up an ankle injury towards the end of September.

His recent return to action at Colchester was ruined by a red card for violent conduct.

Tomlin served the first of a three-match ban at the weekend, but his suspension could be increased as he has now been charged with misconduct in relation to an incident as he left the field.

Record signing Britt Assombalonga scored eight goals in his first 10 Posh appearances, but has now not scored in his last nine games.

Assombalonga has not scored a single goal in Tomlin’s absence.

Fixture news

Posh have a break from League One action until November 18 when they travel to Walsall.

Posh host League Two side Exeter in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday (November 9) before entertaining Dagenham & Redbridge, also of League Two, in the Southern Area quarter-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday, November 12.

Posh are offering reduced prices for tickets bought in advance of both matches.

It’s just £15 for the Exeter tie and £5 for the Dagenham & Redbridge tie.

Posh are away to Notts County in the first round of the FA Youth Cup tomorrow (7pm kick-off).

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