PREVIEW: McCann backs Junior to be a big hit and he could start against Charlton

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann is backing Junior Morias to be a big hit next season.

Thursday, 30th March 2017, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:08 pm
Junior Morias celebrates his winning goal at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Morias netted his fourth Posh goal following his January move from National League South side St Albans in last Saturday’s (March 25) 1-0 win at Gillingham, a first success in six matches for McCann’s men.

But McCann is confident the 21 year-old will be even better in the 2017-18 campaign.

“Junior was training two days a week with us before we signed him full-time,” McCann revealed. “It was a big step up for him, but he’s already achieved plenty and he will only get better.

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Posh striker Tom Nichols faces a fitness test ahead of the Charlton match. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

“I can see him being a big success next season. He’s getting stronger and he’s getting fitter and a full pre-season with us can only help.

“His goal at Gillingham showed what he can already do. It was a great strike by a natural finisher

“His goals for us have all come from the substitutes’ bench so we now need him to show he can score when he starts. I am confident he will.”

Morias could get his chance against Charlton in a League One fixture at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (April 1) as top scorer Tom Nichols picked up a thigh injury at Gillingham.

Posh striker Tom Nichols faces a fitness test ahead of the Charlton match. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Central defender Ryan Tafazolli will be absent again because of a groin strain, but on-loan West Ham midfielder Martin Samuelsen could return to the squad after a break for international duty.

McCann has warned his players of the threat posed by a Charlton team with just one win in their last 12 League One outings.

McCann added: “They have been big under-achievers this season and I’m not sure why. They have good players and they could have been two-or-three up in their last game at Sheffield United before they fell behind.

“But they are in poor form so that’s something we need to be ready to take advantage of.

“We want a fast start. We want to get on the front foot from the first whistle.

“We still have ambitions for this season. We want to finish the season as strongly as we can, particularly in our three remaining home matches.”