After another strong showing last time around – their third top ten finish in five seasons since dropping back down to League One – Peterborough are being touted as one of the favourites to go up in 2018/19. This summer has seen a considerable player turnover, but with promotion expert Steve Evans in charge, the Posh have every chance of a successful campaign.
Standout duo Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison are expected to leave before the end of the window, but Evans appears to have pre-empted their potential departures. As ever, he’s been busy in the transfer market, bringing in no fewer than 14 new faces so far.
We’ll never know if his similar overhaul at Mansfield last season would have seen them promoted had he stayed in charge, but the Stags did sit only two points off the top three when he resigned in February, so it bodes rather well for Peterborough.
Last season: 9th in League One
In charge: Steve Evans
With two Conference titles, a League Two promotion and a League One play-off win to his name, Evans’ CV makes for undeniably impressive reading. He started out with non-League Stamford back in 1994, before going on to guide both Boston United and Crawley to the Football League for the first time ever.
A hugely successful spell with Rotherham followed, as he led the Millers to back-to-back promotions in 2013 and 2014, followed by an altogether less memorable stint as Leeds boss. After spending the best part of 18 months in charge of Mansfield, he resigned and took over at Peterborough in February. Before injury forced him to retire at the age of only 28, he played for the likes of Clyde, Albion Rovers and St Johnstone.
Star player: Jack Marriott
Even though Marriott has been heavily linked with a move away from London Road this summer, while he’s still a Posh player, he has to be considered their main man. The 23-year-old enjoyed a sensational 2017/18 campaign, topping the League One and EFL scoring charts with 27 goals and earning inclusion in the EFL and PFA’s League One teams of the season. It was the former Luton striker’s first campaign in the third tier; he could hardly have made more of a mark.
Key ins: Evans has brought in three players from his former clubs, with centre-backs Rhys Bennett and Josh Yorwerth joining from Mansfield and Crawley respectively, and left-back Tyler Denton coming in on a season-long loan from Leeds. Four further players have earned moves after strong seasons in League Two, with forwards Matt Godden and Siriki Dembélé signing from Stevenage and Grimsby respectively, midfielder Alex Woodyard arriving from Lincoln, and ‘keeper Aaron Chapman joining from champions Accrington.
Striker Jason Cummings and midfielder Adam King have joined on loan, the former from Nottingham Forest until the end of the campaign, the latter from Swansea until January. England U20 winger Isaac Buckley-Ricketts has signed from Manchester City, while Wycombe hero and left-back Colin Daniel has come in after being released by Blackpool.
Key outs: It’s been even busier on the departures front so far, with 14 players moving permanently and one on loan. Three of those have made the step up to Championship – winger Gwion Edwards has signed for Ipswich, midfielder Leonardo Da Silva Lopes has moved to Wigan, and left-back Andrew Hughes has departed for Preston – while midfielders Brad Inman and Chris Forrester have joined Rochdale and Aberdeen respectively.
Wycombe wins: 9
Peterborough wins: 6
First meeting: 22/10/1994 (League One): Peterborough 1-3 Wycombe (Wycombe scorers: Cyrille Regis, Simon Garner, Steve Thompson)
Last meeting: 05/04/2008 (League Two): Wycombe 2-2 Peterborough (Wycombe scorers: Stefan Oakes, Scott McGleish (p))
Last Wycombe win: 21/10/2006 (League Two): Wycombe 2-0 Peterborough (scorers: Kevin Betsy, Jermaine Easter)