FERGIE’S THRILL AT BAGGING BRITT
HAVING broken their record transfer fee to bag his man, Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson believes new striker Britt Assombalonga can fire them back to the Championship at the first attempt.
Posh were on the look out for a new hitman after losing joint-top scorer Dwight Gayle to Premier League new boys Crystal Palace, barely six months after he had moved from Dagenham.
After hitting 16 goals while on-loan at Southend from Watford last season and five in five for Conference Premier League side Braintree the season before, Posh had pinpointed Assombalonga as the man to fill the void.
Although signing for an undisclosed amount, chairman Darragh MacAnthony revealed the club had ‘smashed’ the current record fee of £1.1m paid for Tyrone Barnett, with the 20-year-old agreeing to a four-year deal.
And for Ferguson, who is keen to bounce straight back to the Championship, Assombalonga’s transfer represented job done.
“Everyone is aware we have been looking for a striker and this is the one that we have been after,” said Ferguson.
“He did very well at Southend and Watford thought very highly of him.
“I had a good chat with Gianfranco (Zola) about him. We thought initially it was going to be a loan, but the chairman has come up with the money and that is fantastic for all involved with the club.
“He has a lot of potential, he is strong physically, has good pace, he’s good finisher and a really nice lad. He ticks all of the boxes.”
Meanwhile the club have also resigned Mark Little on an 11-month contract after the defender initially rejected an offer earlier in the summer.
“We couldn’t agree in the summer, he was fully entitled to talk to other clubs and now we have got it all sorted,” added Ferguson.
“He did well for us in the Championship, his contract expired and we have given him a new one.”