SHOW FAITH IN FERGUSON
lo Iaic !iicc GABY Zakuani has urged Posh fans to keep faith with the club’s management team as they attempt to build a side capable of competing for a top-half Championship finish.
Some Posh supporters have been showing frustration at the lack of summer signings made by manager Darren Ferguson (below).
So far only central defender Nat Knight-percival, a free transfer recruit from non-league Wrexham, has moved to London Road since the end of last season.
But popular centre-back Zakuani is unconcerned. He believes Ferguson’s reputation as an ace talentspotter will serve Posh well again.
Posh can’t compete with financial muscle of most Championship clubs. Earlier this week Posh missed out on Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy who instead joined Leicester City for a £1 million-plus fee.
Zakuani said: “It’s early yet and to be fair not many clubs have made any signings so no-one should be worried.
“We have a manager who found quality players like Craig Alcock and Shaun Brisley last season and I have no doubts that he will find some more.
“I don’t know a lot about Nat Knight-percival, but I did speak to Dean Keates (a former Posh teammate now at Wr e x h a m ) the other day and he rates him very highly.
“To convert ONLY four new players have been signed by Championship clubs since the end of last season and three of them have been purchased by Leicester. TUIBEYDC!UYE Ofk! (Since the end of last season) Jason Pearce (Portsmouth to Leeds) Matthew James (Manchester United to Leicester) Ritchie De Laat (Manchester United to Leicester) Jamie Vardy (Fleetwood to Leicester). from a winger to a centre-back so successfully and so quickly is impressive so I have no doubt he will be agood player for us,”
Zakuani has been forced to postpone his charity mission to Africa this summer in order to ensure he’s fully fit for the start of next season.
The popular Posh centre-back was planning to visit Ghana on behalf of the Tackle Africa charity next month to coach football and to increase awareness of the HIV virus.
But, following conversations with the Posh management and the receipt of a schedule of medical appointments, Zakuani has postponed the trip for a year. The 25 year-old played through the pain barrier for much of last season after breaking a toe and dislocating a shoulder. He still won most of the player-ofthe-season awards, but he wants to hit the ground running next season. Zakuani added: “It’s a blow not to be
able to make the trip, but it would be impossible because of the schedule I have for the summer.
“I need to be fully fit at the start of next season. I can’t have another year of pain-killing injections.
“I’ve still raised in the region of £5,000 for Tackle Africa and I will be determined to make the trip next summer. It’s been postponed, not cancelled.”
PLEA TO FANS: Gaby Zakuani.