Once again, a Peterborough United side that promised so much looks likely to deliver very little.
They’re currently five points adrift of Doncaster Rovers with a game in hand, but have a mountain to climb if they’re going to end up in the top six. It’s a stark turnaround from their early season position when they looked set to battle for the title.
Manager Steve Evans paid the price for a slump, just as Grant McCann did before him. They’ve now turned to Darren Ferguson for a third time and that could spell trouble for one key player.
In the summer, their transfer policy was much the same as it always has been; sell the big names and look to unearth yet another diamond. Jack Marriott was sold; Marcus Maddison could have been and Gwion Edwards got his big move too.
It was very much a case of clearing the decks and starting again, as it seems to be every season at London Road. In came prospects Alex Woodyard, Siriki Dembele and former Stevenage striker Matt Godden.
Godden had been catching the eye of scouts for a while in League Two, but Evans had seen him first hand during his time with Mansfield Town. He was finally convinced to join Posh and hasn’t done badly either.
He’s got 13 league goals to his name this season, 17 in all competitions. It’s a decent haul, but since the new manager has come in, things haven’t gone as well. He’s only bagged three since the turn of the year and found himself on the bench for the recent 1-0 win at Blackpool.
He last started a game over a month ago, playing 90 minutes as Posh were beaten 2-1 at home Coventry and it appears he’s falling out of favour under Ferguson.
The change in manager is expected to bring a change in fortune, but for Godden it might mean a change of scenery. With 17 goals to his name he’s sure to attract a buyer or two, which will feed into the Peterborough method of turning a profit on key players.
If they can get a decent six-figure sum for the 27-year-old, it’s an option they’re sure to consider meaning yet another move for the striker.