Date: 9th May 2018 at 6:45am
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The retained list has been announced by Peterborough United with 13 players put on the transfer list. How does the retained list compare to results from the keep, sell, loan out or release poll?

Posh boss Steve Evans hinted that there could be a mass exodus when the retained list was announced and that is exactly what we’ve got. One player released following the conclusion of his contract with 13 other players placed on the transfer list!

How does the retained list compare to the keep, sell, loan out or release poll?

GOALKEEPERS

Conor O’MALLEY

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained94.74%0%0%5.26%

 

The young Irishman made the journey across the Irish Sea to join Posh at the start of the season. He played second fiddle to loanee Jonathan Bond for a lot of the season but he did make 13 appearances.

The voting certainly gives O’Malley a vote of confidence with almost 95% of votes wanting to keep him but will he be the number one next season?

Josh TIBBETTS

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained52.63%5.26%5.26%36.84%

 

Tibbetts came in last summer with the expectation of challenging for the number one position. Although he has potential and has impressed while on loan this season, he has come nowhere near starting for Posh this season.

The majority of votes agree with Evans to keep the 19-year-old who plans to send him out on loan again next season.

Mark TYLER

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained52.63%0%47.37%0%

 

Although not really classed as a player, there was a split decision on the future of the current goalkeeping coach with Tyler getting just over half the votes to stay with just under 50% feeling he should be released!

DEFENDERS

Jack BALDWIN

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed5.26%94.74%0%0%

 

Captain Jack has received a resounding vote of no confidence as the majority of votes want to see the central defender sold during the summer which is in agreement with the club.

Sam CARTWRIGHT

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Loan Out10.53%5.26%5.26%78.95%

 


The young central defender is another one for the future and one who will be sent out on loan next season. The voting also went along with Posh with almost 80% of the votes wanting to keep him but send him out on loan.

Lewis FREESTONE

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Loan Out15.79%5.26%0%78.95%

 


Freestone showed great promise during pre-season with some impressive displays but he didn’t get a chance of first team football until the end of February when fellow left-back was injured. He went on to make three more appearances but he really struggled both defensively and offensively. Yet again, the voting matched the decision by Posh with just 5% of the votes wanting to sell the 18-year-old with the rest of the votes either keeping him or sending him out on loan.

Andrew HUGHES

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained94.74%5.26%0%0%

 


Andrew Hughes put in another determined display throughout the season as he played at left-back, on the left of a back three and as a central defender. He has improved ever so slightly going forward but with the proposed formation Evans plans to use next season, it will be the defensive side that Hughes will need to worry about but he was usually pretty sound on that front.

There was just a small percentage of voters who want to sell Hughes but the rest all wanted to keep him which is what is happening at Posh.

Alex PENNY

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed15.79%36.84%31.58%15.79%

 


Defender Alex Penny played 11 times in all competitions for Posh this season but has been struck down by injury more often than not and currently has a protective boot on his right foot. He played in the first two games of the season against Plymouth Argyle and Barnet but wasn’t seen again until the end of November when he had a run of nine games in the side with his last appearance coming in the one-all draw with Doncaster Rovers on New Years Day.

He was nothing spectacular and the voting was split between all four categories but the majority believe he should depart the club.

Liam SHEPHARD

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained100%0%0%0%

 


From the voting, this was a simple decision as the right-back received a 100% backing to stay at the club. He received mixed scores in the man of the match voting during the season but he is a player that gives his all which is what you want to see.

Ryan TAFAZOLLI

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained100%0%0%0%

 


This was another easy vote with the left-sided central defender picking up 100% of the votes to keep him. With Jack Baldwin and Steven Taylor both being placed on the transfer list, it seems Evans is to build a back four with Taf as one of his main defencemen.

Steven TAYLOR

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed100%0%0%0%

 


There were major doubts surrounding the fitness of the former Newcastle United captain when he first arrived at the club but he has proved the doubters wrong by playing in 51 of the 58 matches involving Posh this season! He has become a very popular figures amongst the Posh fans so it is a disappointment to see the 32-year-old get transfer listed.

MIDFIELDERS

Jermaine ANDERSON

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed10.53%68.42%15.79%5.26%

 


Anderson held out for an improved contract during last summer despite spending the majority of the last two seasons on the sidelines but he has done little to repay the faith shown in him during that time and his performances hasn’t indicated that he would get anywhere near the form he shown before his injuries.

Andrea BORG

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed15.79%15.79%5.26%63.16%

 


Most Posh fans have disagreed with the transfer listing of Borg despite the 18-year-old making just one appearance. He did make a number of international appearances for the Malta under 19 team and is someone who could, given time, make an impact at Posh but instead of sending him out on loan, he has been deemed surplus to requirements.

Callum CHETTLE

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Released5.26%57.89%36.840%

 


Chettle was out of contract at the end of this season and having failed to make any sort of impact since his arrival in January 2016, he has been released. He did make two appearances this season for Posh but spent the second half of this season on loan at AFC Fylde in the National League after failing to break into the matchday squad.

George COOPER

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained100%0%0%0%

 

Signed in January from Crewe Alexandra, Cooper scored on his debut but rarely got a look in while Grant McCann was in charge. He went on to make thirteen appearances, scoring his second Posh goal in the final home game of the season, and has shown glimpses that he could be a very useful player for Posh. He’s also received a confidence boosting 100% vote to keep him.

Leo DA SILVA LOPES

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained31.58%63.16%5.26%0%

 


There’s certainly a player in there somewhere but will he ever get out? The 19-year-old has played over 100 times for Posh now but it seems he has always had shackles on him. Evans has given him a lifeline but has told him he needs more from the teenager. Two thirds of the voters would’ve preferred to see him departing the club.

Michael DOUGHTY

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed21.05%68.42%5.26%5.26%

 


Doughty was a major signing last season which caused excitement amongst many Posh fans on his arrival. They’d seen first hand what he was capable of when playing against Posh the previous season but sadly that form didn’t arrive with him or was it a case of the management restricting what he was best at? Whatever it was, he has now found himself on the transfer list but he would still be a useful asset if he doesn’t get sold and could find that previous form.

Gwion EDWARDS

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained100%0%0%0%

 


This was a no-brainer for Posh fans and Steve Evans. 100% of the votes went to keep the player but he will be heading into the final year of his contract next season so it is crucial that Posh agree terms on a new contract.

Chris FORRESTER

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed36.84%63.26%0%0%

 


Sadly, things haven’t kicked on for Forrester since his impressive performance at Chelsea last season and that is something he has admitted to Evans. A fresh start may be all it takes for him to find the form we know he is capable of and there has been contact at the club already from teams interested in signing the Irishman.

Anthony GRANT

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed94.44%5.56%0%0%

 


The decision to transfer list Grant came as a surprise to some but his age, wages and the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract means his name was placed on the transfer list. We thought Grant would be retained but he wouldn’t see as much playing time as he has had over the last year and a half as there are certain games you need a player in central midfield that can put a foot in and buy his side some freekicks. However, we have also seen other times when we needed players in the centre of the pitch that could drive the game to the opposition and Grant simply isn’t that type of player.

Brad INMAN

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed10.53%73.68%10.53%5.26%

 


When Inman arrived at the club at the same time as Gwion Edwards, it was clear to see from the initial pre-season matches that Edwards was the better of the two players and so it has turned out to be. Inman did suffer an injury early into his Posh career and never really recovered. He’s spent the season on loan at fellow League One side Rochdale making 37 appearances scoring four goals but is not in Evans plans for next season. A former teammate of George Cooper, Inman was also about to enter the last year of his contract at Posh.

Danny LLOYD

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained100%0%0%0%

 


Lloyd was considered a gamble when Posh signed the Liverpudlian on a three-year contract after becoming a free agent when his contract expired at Stockport County at the end of last season. He had registered 29 goals and 19 assists in 2016/2017 for the Hatters and ended this season as second top scorer with 13 goals, a one goal in every three match average which is very good especially if you consider the jump he had to make from non-league and the fact many of his appearances were from the substitutes bench.

Marcus MADDISON

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained78.95%21.05%0%0%

 


Regardless of the fact he falls over at the drop of a hat, the voting has returned a resounding “keep” although it sounds as though he will be departing the club for pastures new if a tempting offer is received for him. His left foot was an endless supply of ammunition which Jack Marriott thrived upon. The four games at the back end of the season when Maddison was out injured simply highlighted the fact that the club currently don’t have many other players that can cause mayhem in the opposition box.

Joe WARD

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained47.37%15.79%5.26%31.58%

 


Picked up from non-league Woking after impressing against Posh in the FA Cup, Ward has speed and energy to get up and down the wing which are attributes Evans is looking for in his wingers. His crossing needs a bit of working on and if he can improve on what we’ve seen so far, then he will be a decent squad member.

FORWARDS

Idris KANU

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Loan Out10.53%15.79%5.26%68.42%

 


The failure to send the teenager out on loan really hasn’t done him any favours. His performances have been poor although he has been energetic and was hooked off at half-time in the final match of the season when making his full debut! He is highly regarded at the club but he is nowhere near ready for the first team and the voting obviously reflected that.

Jack MARRIOTT

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Retained78.95%21.05%0%0%

 


The Posh top scorer with 33 goals, not bad for someone who couldn’t get regular playing time for Luton Town in League Two! He has been retained but he is expected to depart the club sooner rather than later but will it be in the Championship or would a Premier League club be interested in his goalscoring ability?

Ricky MILLER

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed15.79%68.42%15.79%0%

 


The local lad with a golden boot in non-league sadly failed to make the grade at Posh…not that an 8 match ban at the start of the season helped things! He made twelve appearances for Posh but failed to net in any of them and ended up signing on loan at Mansfield Town with a view to making it permanent. Will the Stags take up the offer of signing a player who was due to attend a court hearing after being charged with assaulting a police officer, using threatening behaviour and failing to provide a specimen. He appeared in magistrates court on 22nd November 2017 and a trial date was set for 30 April 2018. We’ve not heard anything about the trial though!

Junior MORIAS

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed42.11%47.37%5.26%5.26%

 


The striker came back to pre-season a changed player and hit the ground running but sadly picked up a serious injury which kept him out of action for a while. On his return from injury, he failed to make the same impression which just highlighted his poor touch and poor overall gameplay.

Adil NABI

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed0%31.58%68.42%0%

 

Who is this mysterious Adil Nabi? Bought for £1 from West Bromwich Albion where he was highly thought of but is someone who has spectacularly failed to make the grade. Nabi finally found a place to go to during January when Posh recalled Jordan Nicholson from his loan at Nuneaton Town. Nabi replaced the forward and went on to make seven appearances scoring once! It comes as no surprise that every vote was for Nabi to leave the club!

Morgan PENFOLD

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Transfer Listed10.53%15.79%21.05%52.63%

 


The 19-year-old has spent a large proportion of this season on loan at Biggleswade Town but is someone who is not in the plans of Evans or is someone regarded enough to stay at they club and be shipped out on loan again.

Matty STEVENS

Posh DecisionKeepSellReleaseLoan Out
Loan Out26.32%15.79%0%57.89%

 


Stevens is another youngster who has spent time away from the club on loan but has been more successful than the other loanees this season. Another loan move is on the cards for next season as Posh are more hopeful that he could make the grade given time.

Don’t forget to vote in the following polls that are running at the time of print:

Positional and Player of the Season polls

Portsmouth v Posh

Rate The Ref – John Busby
Man of the Match

 

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