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How Peterborough United are a selling club.

Tuesday 17th January 2017
Over the years, Peterborough has been known for shipping players off for astonishing profits. With some ex-players being sold directly to Premier League clubs, Peterborough United are definitely doing something right in their coaching ranks. I look at some of the top Peterborough United starlets who have moved on to play for some top clubs. 

George Boyd (2007-2013)

Arguably a Peterborough United legend having achieved three promotions with the club, being instrumental in all promotion campaigns. Boyd made 263 appearances for the Posh and will probably be most well known for his half way line volley against Huddersfield in 2012 (it must be noted that on-loan Saido Berahino was key in his goal). Boyd, signing from Stevenage, enjoyed many successful years at Peterborough, before taking the short trip to Nottingham Forest. With many Posh fans expecting that they have seen the last of Boyd at Peterborough, he returned for a couple of years. After a successful loan spell with Hull City, Boyd eventually signed for Hull. Today, George Boyd plays his trade in the Premier League playing a vital role in Burnley's relegation survival hopes.

Ryan Bennett (2009-2012)

Having also secured multiple promotions with the club, Bennett played an important role alongside the likes of Craig Morgan and Gabriel Zakuani in defence. Sparkling, dedicated and spirited performances saw Bennett be tracked by a host of Championship and Premier League clubs. He looked like an expensive, but important, signing for the Posh with a price tag of £500,000, possibly rising to £1,000,000.

After pressure from the player wanting to move to a Premier League club, Peterborough eventually cashed in on the player in a £3.2million deal. A healthy profit for the club for one of their best centre-backs in the past decade.

Dwight Gayle (2013)

The short stint for the short striker the struggling Championship club was extremely crucial in both Gayle's career and Peterborough's survival hopes. The hard working front man scored 6 times in 20 appearances and playing host to a number of goals in the process of scoring. Signing from Dagenham & Redbridge (also being a part-time carpenter only two years previous), Gayle became a fans favourite in his six months at Peterborough United.

In the summer of 2013, Gayle moved to Premier League club, Crystal Palace for a fee of up to £8.5million. United signed Dwight for only £500,000, so made a substantial profit on the striker who is currently the Championship's leading goalscorer for Newcastle.

Britt Assombalonga (2013-2014)

Assombalonga signed as a replacement for Dwight Gayle in the summer of 2013. Having signed for a fee of £1,000,000, he became Posh's most expensive player signing from Watford. The muscular striker netted a total of 23 goals in 43 games for Peterborough, an extremely good record. With many fans hoping that owner Darragh MacAnthony would not continue to sell their best players, it is hard to deny a player of playing for a strong Championship side considering Peterborough's league position (eventually relegated to League One).

Assombalonga moved to Nottingham Forest, where he has proved he is no 'one season wonder' having scored 22 goals in 44 appearances for the Midlands side.

Lee Tomlin (2010-2014)

Another player who was ever present in Peterborough's numerous promotion campaigns. The creative midfielder always played with immense passion always looking for a way to goal. It was clear to see that Tomlin stood out from the squad with his superior ability, very quick feet and a keen eye for goal. Tomlin scored 40 goals in 121 appearances for the club, a record which is impressive for a midfielder. Tomlin was in the same squad as all of the players mentioned above, he must have taken great inspiration from their multi-million-pound moves.

Eventually, Lee signed for Middlesborough in 2o14. Having followed two more moves to Bournemouth and Bristol City, costing over £6million, he is Bristol City's playmaker in midfield, scoring four goals in 22 appearances so far for the club.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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