CLEVER POSH BAG THE NEW KANU!
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.
POSH SPICE: Idris Kanu has left Aldershot for Peterborough