Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has had his say on the Posh squad. Here’s Alan Swann’s verdict on the performance of the majority of the players so far.
Key: B - Good, C- Average, D - Poor:
BEN ALNWICK: Grade C
His obvious errors have been rare and his willingness to come off his line and take the pressure off his back four is always welcome.
But he doesn’t make the spectacular saves that might keep a team in a match. He’s done okay, but that’s all.
GABY ZAKUANI: Grade D
One of my all-time favourite Posh defenders as much for his attitude as his ability, but he has struggled big-time this season.
Lost some reaction time and players he would have crunched in the past, have been breezing past him this season.
JERMAINE ANDERSON: Grade D-
Posh really need to stop over-praising their young players. It happened with Joe Newell and it’s happened again with this young midfielder.
He’s not a young ‘Yaya’ or as good as Dele Alli. What potential he has should be allowed to flourish naturally.
MICHAEL SMITH: Grade C-
He has the speed, awareness and attacking instincts to make a success of the right-back role in League One, but he’s been too inconsistent so far.
He’s become too hesitant at both ends of pitch. Probably suffered from playing at left-back too often.
MICHAEL BOSTWICK: Grade C-
The manager always seems to find room for ‘The Boss’ and I’m not sure his displays in central midfield (not good enough technically) or at right-back (not quick enough) have warranted such favouritism.
Centre-half is his best position now though.
MARCUS MADDISON: Grade B
Up until his injury he looked set to be the next big-money move from London Road.
Pace, dribbling skills and great goals were his forte, while going to ground easily was a minor irritation.
Not returned the same player, but still the best in this squad.
KGOSI NTLHE: Grade D+
No real rivals for the left-back spot, but he’s failed to impress in another injury-plagued season.
Shoots when he should pass, passes when he should cross and his positioning defensively is often a massive concern.
Much room for improvement.
KYLE VASSELL: Grade C+
The mystery of the season has been the disappearance from view altogether of one of the stars of August.
The striker’s finishing was top-quality early on, then he was injured and now he doesn’t even appear as a sub.
No pitch-time since December 7.
JOE NEWELL: Grade C+
He looks a classy player when running at players out wide.
He’s not the same when asked to perform in the hurly-burly of central midfield.
Physical confrontations are not a strength and nor is his finishing. He’s better than he was last season though.
CHRISTIAN BURGESS: Grade B-
I like the look of this centre-back. He’s cool in possession and defensively sound and when the basic errors are cut out of his game, he could become a decent player for Posh.
Gives the ball away a bit too much, but he exudes self-confidence.
JACK PAYNE: Grade C
I thought the skipper was Posh’s best player in the first six weeks of the campaign, but he’s struggled to find his form or lift his team-mates during the recent slump.
His passing has become erratic and his protection of the back four has become weaker.
LUKE JAMES: Grade D
A striker whose attitude, effort and commitment can’t be faulted, but unfortunately for him he’s an expensive striker who needs to start scoring or creating goals.
He’s not the quickest, tallest or strongest so he needs to become a fox-in-the-box type.
RICARDO SANTOS: Grade D-
If he starts again it can only be as a third centre-back in a 3-5-2 formation. Completely unsuited to the right-back position and too raw to be a defensive mainstay.
League One is too tough for him right now so should be sent out on loan.
ERHUN OZTUMER: Grade B-
Fans are in danger of becoming too carried away with this little midfielder, but for a Football League rookie introduced into a struggling side it’s hard to quibble with his efforts so far.
Needs to time the release of his passes better, but he’s done well.
CONOR WASHINGTON: Grade D
Comparisons with CMS have done this striker no favours. He’s in serious need of a confidence boost as recent games have just passed him by.
Rarely looks like getting on the end of a forward pass or a cross, a pity as his speed is an asset.