ELECTRIC DEMBELE IS WORTH KEEPING AN EYE ON
I WATCHED Peterborough beat Chelsea U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek – and they looked really strong going forward.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Steve Evans’ side, however, as they went 1-0 down in the first half, before responding in full force in the second to deservedly win 3-1.
The front four for Posh were too hot to handle for the youthful team put out by Chelsea’s Joe Edwards.
New loan signing Lee Tomlin lined up behind striker Ivan Toney, with Siriki Dembele on the left and Marcus Maddison on the right in a 4-2-3-1.
Tomlin was quiet before being replaced at half-time with George Cooper, who was excellent, although the main threat came from the electric Dembele.
He scored one and could have had another but for a block. Chelsea didn’t know how to handle this bag of tricks.
Able to go on the outside and cut in, he worked the opening for the equaliser brilliantly and Posh never looked back.
The superior strength and power Peterborough played with in the second half blew the young Blues away, with Maddison and Toney both bagging goals to complete a confidence-boosting win.
For Chelsea, this game appeared a step too far.
It will have been a good learning curve for Edwards’ young pros, with the volume of balls in the box something they were unprepared for but will have to become used to if they are to make the grade.
Posh power on and will face a much sterner test at Portsmouth in the last eight.
With Wembley getting closer, that should be a tasty tie.