Five new signing in two days! The departure of star striker Conor Washington has certainly sparked a reaction from Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony. Posh reeled in a fee of around £2.5 million for their talismanic frontman from Queens Park Rangers, an astronomical fee for an unproven player at Championship level.
Washington netted 15 times in all competitions prior to his departure, the man chosen to succeed the former Newport County forward is Shaquille Coulthirst. On the face of the frankly average stats, the 21-year-old is not the obvious choice. Coulthirst has just eight goals to his name at League Two level in four separate loan spells. His record in the Tottenham under-21 side reads a completely different story. The ex England u19 international has a ratio of a goal every couple of games, impressive for a man who never found himself under the spotlight at White Hart Lane. His pace and power has earned immediate comparisons to Aaron Mclean, similarities he will have three-and-a-half years to justify in the white and blue of Peterborough United.
The second player I feel could slot into the starting eleven is utility attacker Adil Nabi. The Baggies young player of the season from last campaign has found first team football difficult to come by at the Hawthorns, but with tutelage from former Champions League starts Roberto Carlos, Florent Malouda and John Arne Riise during a spell with Dehli Dynamos could give him the impetus to push on and achieve great things with the Posh.
MacAnthony was raving about the capture of Nuneaton pair Aaron Williams and Callum Chettle. The Irishman said “So about those 2 lads from yesterday who didn’t sign last night due to few minor issues. One of them is 22 year old Aaron Williams a gem of a goal-scoring striker from Nuneaton who has spent time training with us recently. The other is another highly coveted 19 year old Midfielder Callum Chettle from Nuneaton one of best teenagers in Non league & superb talent”. Both may find it difficult to slot into life at London Road with an abundance of attacking talent. With Soulymane Coulibaly experiencing a drastic dip in form, the opportunity to impress could come soon for the former Walsall youth product. Despite Jermaine Anderson suffering a long term injury and Marcus Maddison spending more time on the bench that on the field, I feel Chettle may have to make do with a place in the development side before making the leap of faith into League One football.
The final signing of Harry Toffolo could arguably be the most important. South African full-back Kgosi Ntlhe has recently returned from a long standing hiatus on the treatment table, but will take time to regain his fitness. Personally, I believe the injury to Callum Elder could be a turning point in our season. The Leicester loanee added much needed width, needing no invitation to bomb down the left flank. Toffolo will leave a similar imprint of attacking talent, but his reliability at the back could prove costly with Posh clinging on to their play-off hopes.