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Southend, Carlisle among interested clubs in transfer race



Peterborough United winger Isaac Buckley-Ricketts is attracting attention from a trio of clubs, as reported by Peterborough Today.

League Two sides Carlisle and Colchester are thought to be interested in adding him to their ranks, along with League One outfit Southend United.

The 21-year-old signed a three-year deal with Peterborough last summer but failed to make an impression in his first season at London Road. He appeared just twice, both times in the EFL Trophy, with one start and another outing as a late substitute.

Prior to his Posh switch, Buckley-Ricketts was a European Championship winner with England at Under 19 level and has spent time on loan with Oxford United and Dutch outfit FC Twente.

The former Manchester City winger has now been deemed surplus to requirements and placed on the transfer list. That has alerted the two League Two clubs, both of whom hunted promotion last season.

Colchester only missed out on the top seven on the final day of the season, whilst Carlisle were competing at the right end of the table for much of the campaign.

Southend found themselves dragged into the League One relegation battle last season, but survived on the final day courtesy of a win against Sunderland at Roots Hall.

The Verdict

Quite how the situation has come to this is a mystery. Those young players who lifted the European Championship were surely destined for greater things, but here he is being linked with a move to Carlisle.

That’s not meant to be disrespectful, but surely a player of his talent should be aiming higher? Sadly, he’s flopped at Peterborough and perhaps that serves as a warning to all young players in the top flight; you’re only one season away from being forgotten about.

He still has plenty to offer and is young enough to develop and put his Posh disappointment behind him. Plus, as the summer wears on, others sides are likely to miss out on targets and that could open the door for a decent League One move.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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