Find­ing a fin­isher looks like a top Posh pri­or­ity

Man­agers say they don’t take any no­tice of league ta­bles un­til 10 games have been played. Well we’re at that point now. Here’s what ALAN SWANN has learnt so far, what he be­lieves Posh need to do to get into the top six and whether or not he be­lieves they

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1) Grant McCann didn’t think much of the at­tack­ing legacy left be­hind by pre­vi­ous Posh boss Gra­ham West­ley. He’s dumped West­ley sign­ings Aaron Wil­liams and Jor­dan Nicholson. He is try­ing hard to get rid of Shaquile Coulthirst and Adil Nabi, two more play­ers brought to the ABAX by West­ley.

Posh sold a player in Jon Tay­lor who scored a hat-trick in 12 min­utes in his last ap­pear­ance for the club and an­other in Harry Beau­ty­man who played with prom­ise in the sec­ond-half of last sea­son.

Posh re­main well enough off­for­goalscor­ing­mid­field­ers (Gwion Ed­wards and Mar­cus Mad­di­son have been ex­cep­tional andGe­orgeMon­cur­will be­when­playedintheright­po­si­tion) but a lack of depth in out-and-out strik­ers is a huge con­cern.

Lee An­gol’s bro­ken leg has not helped ob­vi­ously, but that in­jury oc­cured in July and yet Posh seem happy to get by with Tom Ni­chols, who has only scored­int­woLeagueOne matches, and a 17 year-old in Deon Moore.

It’s a gam­ble (as is as­sum­ing An­gol will kick on from a promis­ing first sea­son) andso far it hasn’t paid off. 2) Peo­ple who be­lieve Tom Ni­chols is the next Luke James (an ex­pen­sive young flop) are way off the mark.

His­move­men­ti­sex­cel­lent, het­ake­sup­bet­ter­goal-scor­ing po­si­tions than Conor Wash­ing­ton of­ten did, but clearly he needs a goal - even if it’s off his­back­sideas­man­agerGrant McCann states else­where in this pa­per. 3) Is it pos­si­ble to play Ge­orge Mon­cur and Paul Tay­lor in the same side ef­fec­tively? I’m not so sure as they both like to oc­cupy the same space be­hind a striker, or pair of strik­ers.

Mon­cur scored twice and looked a class act against Port Vale, a game in which Tay­lor started on the bench.

Tay­lor has qual­i­ties, but if McCan­nwants­the­ball­moved quickly in and around the op­po­si­tion­penalt­yarea, Mon­cur is the bet­ter bet. 4) De­spite their for­ward fail­ings, Posh re­main the third high­est scor­ers in League One with 17 goals from 10 games.

De­fen­sively they’ve done okay (13 goals con­ceded) but clumsy penalty con­ces­sions, avoid­ableer­ror­san­dred­cards are hin­der­ing progress.

RyanTafa­zolli’s red­car­don Tues­day was aw­ful tim­ing as he and Michael Bost­wick will be a tough cen­tral de­fen­sive pair­ing in time.

McCann has not bought into claims that Ri­cardo San­tos is a star of the fu­ture. His sign­ing of An­drew Hughes sug­gests he has a good eye for a de­fender. 5) Fans need more than gen­tle per­sua­sion and un­lucky draws to re­turn to the ABAX.

Av­er­age at­ten­dance at five home games in League One is a piti­ful 4,711, the 15th high­est in the di­vi­sion just ahead of Shrews­bury and over 1,000 be­hind Northamp­ton. Win­ning and win­ning well at home will change this dispir­it­ing fact. 6) Posh have a keeper who catches crosses and saves penal­ties. This is a vast im­prove­ment on re­cent times.

Gwion Ed­wards (left) and An­drew Hughes have proved to be two ex­cel­lent Posh sign­ings.

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