Championship side Peterborough United have struggled to adapt to life in the second tier so far this season, despite some bright moments.
Darren Ferguson’s men’s 3-0 home victory against Birmingham City in the middle of last month seemed to be a real statement of intent from the Posh who will be desperate to stay afloat after working so hard to get to this point, but they won just one point from a possible nine since then and currently sit 23rd in the table.
If it wasn’t for Derby County’s administration and subsequent points deduction, they would currently be sitting at the foot of the Championship but there is some good news for them, and that’s the fact they are just one point adrift of safety going into this international break.
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However, they simply have to be better if they want to stay afloat in the second tier and the first area that needs to be addressed during the interval is the defence.
The concession of 23 goals in 11 games is something that will give them no chance of staying up if they maintain this current defensive record – and is perhaps something that will give Darragh MacAnthony, Barry Fry, Darren Ferguson and other club officials food for thought going into the January transfer window – even with the limited financial resources.
And ahead of the winter period, we have decided to take a look at two transfer scenarios that could realistically happen at London Road when the next calendar year comes around.
Ronnie Edwards set to move on?
The emergence of Ronnie Edwards this term has been one of few Peterborough highlights so far this season, with the central defender starting their last five Championship league games after being in their squad for the vast majority of this season.
At just 18, the Posh look to have quite a player on their hands and with more senior experience in the second tier, he will only develop further and show why a selection of Premier League teams have taken an interest in him.
According to Football Insider, he was scouted by top-flight giants Tottenham Hotspur last month ahead of a potential move to the capital, with Manchester United and Brentford also reported to be interested in a move.
United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, father of Peterborough’s Darren, has told officials at Old Trafford to recruit the 18-year-old, as per the Daily Express, although they may face a tough time at the negotiating table.
The defender only signed a new contract at London Road in May to keep him at the club until 2025, so a sizeable figure will be required to lure him away from the Championship as things stand.
Siriki Dembele to get his move?
After handing in a transfer request in January, Dembele’s future at Peterborough has looked uncertain ever since, and it makes you wonder whether they would be willing to cash in this January to re-invest in other players.
While it wouldn’t make sense to sell the 25-year-old with Jack Marriott out for around five months, they could utilise the revenue they could potentially generate from Dembele’s sale to bring in two strikers in their quest to stay above the drop zone.
So in the end, his potential exit could depend on whether the Championship club already have a few targets lined up that they want to pursue, and whether they think these players will be available and affordable in the January market.
Second-tier rivals Fulham, Bournemouth and Stoke City were all credited with an interest in the forward during the summer, and all may have the financial resources to tempt Peterborough to cash in.