Peterborough United have recalled striker Matty Stevens from his loan spell at Slough Town, with an expectation he’ll be challenging for a first team place over the busy festive period.
The 20-year old has been in good form in the National League South, having bagged 11 goals in 19 appearances this season. He spent last year at Kettering Town where he managed 33 goals in jut 28 games.
The striker began his career at Barnet, but was snapped up by Posh in July 2016 after turning down a new deal at the Hive. He’s since spent time out on loan, not only with Kettering and Slough, but also Sligo Rovers and Cambridge City.
Manager Steve Evans is happy he’s now had the game time he needs and is certain he’ll kick on.
“Matty has got the game time he needed at Slough.” Evans told Peterborough today. “The goals were always going to come as that’s his biggest strength. We have a hectic period of games coming up in December and early January so undoubtedly he will get his chance.”
The controversial manager revealed that recalling Stevens was always part of the plan, as a ‘reward’ for his efforts in the sixth tier.
“Posh signed him a couple of years ago and promptly ignored him. I saw a young man hungry for success who needed to be loved and given a plan. This recall is part of that plan and his reward for delivering the performances at Slough.”
This is a huge chance for a very exciting young player to prove his worth. The Real EFL have seen Stevens first hand and he’s got all the qualities needed to be a success; pace, an eye for goal and a good attitude. He’s driven and determined too, perhaps partly due to his background as an amateur boxer.
Part of the Peterborough model is to find a player, develop him and then churn him out for a bigger fee.
Steve Evans has always been a wheeler and dealer, as has Barry Fry, so if Stevens is a success we can expect to see him make a big move for a nice profit.