The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Tom Black­ett

PETER­BOR­OUGH United man­ager Grant McCann be­lieves he has cap­tured a ‘big tal­ent’ by div­ing into Non-League again to sign Idris Kanu.

Ear­lier this sum­mer, the League One out­fit snapped up Dover’s pro­lific striker Ricky Miller, Stock­port County winger Danny Lloyd and Nuneaton de­fender Alex Penny.

Kanu be­comes Posh’s lat­est NonLeague re­cruit af­ter they agreed to sign the Alder­shot Town star­let on a three-year deal for an undis­closed fee.

Highly-rated Kanu, 17, joined the Shots from the West Ham Academy last sum­mer, just days af­ter scor­ing two goals for Manch­ester United dur­ing an Un­der-21 trial match.

Af­ter sign­ing his first pro­fes­sional contract with the Shots on his 17th birth­day, Kanu soon emerged as one of Non-League foot­ball’s bright­est young tal­ents, scor­ing five goals in 32 ap­pear­ances and at­tract­ing a num­ber of top EFL scouts.

But his fu­ture at the EBB Sta­dium was brought into ques­tion this sum­mer af­ter Kanu was left out of most of Alder­shot’s pre-sea­son cam­paign amid ru­mours of a fall-out with man­ager Gary Wad­dock and assistant James Rowe, though Wad­dock de­nied it.

Now, how­ever, Kanu has been snapped up by Peter­bor­ough – and McCann is de­lighted to have got him.

“I watched him last year at Alder­shot and the kid has un­be­liev­able abil­ity,” said McCann. “We will try and nur­ture him. We be­lieve he is ready for the first team now and we will work with him on the train­ing ground to im­prove him.


“Idris can play in any of the front three po­si­tions. He is a player that likes to get at play­ers with the ball. He is quick, strong and can play with both feet.

“He is some­thing dif­fer­ent. He is good tech­ni­cally and plays off the cuff a lit­tle bit. I think he will com­ple­ment the three strik­ers we al­ready have at the club.”

Kanu is rel­ish­ing his new op­por­tu­nity, hav­ing jumped two lev­els from the Na­tional League.

Speak­ing to Posh’s iFol­low ser­vice, he said: “I learned a lot in my time with Alder­shot both on and off the field.

“It was good to test my­self phys­i­cally at that level against men and I was able to deal with the dress­ing room en­vi­ron­ment.

“I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting started with Peter­bor­ough now.”

Posh have a good record for de­vel­op­ing raw re­cruits.

In the past, play­ers like Dwight Gayle, Aaron McLean, Michael Kightly, Lee Tomlin and Conor Washing­ton have all pro­gressed through the Peter­bor­ough ranks from the Non-League game.

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