As the mid-season transfer window opens, Peterborough United will be looking to strengthen their squad to assist their quest for promotion back to the Championship. Here are a few pointers that could steer Graham Westley’s side in the right direction:
Assurance at left-back
The signing of Lawrie Wilson on a one-month loan from Bolton Wanderers has added protection to the left-back position, which has been sparse of late since the impressive Callum Elder added to Posh’s injury woes. Although winger Marcus Maddison has filled in during Elder’s absence, extra stability may be an added bonus due to the inconsistency and unreliability of Kgosi Ntlhe. A lucky dip into the loan market, preferably until the end of the season, would be a suitable move by chairman Darragh Macanthony, who is known to be a fan of attacking full-backs.
Experience at centre-back
With Ricardo Santos becoming more of an untrustworthy option, now could be the time to act on Posh’s defensive frailties. The young Portuguese defender seems to have lost his way in recent times, and heading into the final half of the season, added composure and skill will be key to prevent the leaking of needless goals.
A fearless, quality winger
Speculation involving possible departures for two of Posh’s young prospects, Maddison and Jon Taylor, could be a hint for Macanthony to search for another specialty. If a move away from the ABAX Stadium proves to be unlikely by the end of January, it would be more likely an addition to the attack is not required. The possibility of bringing in an upcoming talent may not go amiss, particularly from the lower leagues, which could be a good move to enhance a young team and for the club’s finances.