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Peterborough United are by now quite famous for their transfer policy of buying good players for cheap, showcasing their abilities and then selling them on for a much bigger fee. Even though they have been in the third tier of English football for seven years straight now, the Posh have a couple of really impressive deals on their books as well.
The record holder, however, is still Britt Assombalonga who arrived from Watford in 2013/14, back when the Hornets were still playing their football down in the Championship, for a club-record fee of £1.7m. That deal surpassed the previous sum of £1.2m that was commanded by Tyrone Barnett a year prior to that when he arrived from Crawley Town.
Interestingly enough, in 2019/20, they acquired the services of Mo Eisa from Bristol City for a reported sum of £810,000 and now we’ll have to wait and see if their trend of buying cheap and selling big continues with the young forward as well.
The best example of that trend, however, is Assombalonga himself. Even though he was bought for a club-record fee, they managed to move him the very next season as he joined Nottingham Forest for an incredible sum of £6.2m, which is still the club’s biggest piece of business ever. But a year before that, they had sold Dwight Gayle to Crystal Palace for £4.7m, also a season after his arrival from Dagenham & Redbridge FC for only £553,000.
Ryan Bennett’s move to Norwich City in 2011/12 for £3.4m is their third most expensive sale and considering he was bought for £608,000 from Grimsby Town, it fits the narrative perfectly as well.
Needless to say, there have been some incredibly impressive and famous transfers at the club over the years. And most likely none as famous as that of Assombalonga – a record-breaker when he arrived and a record-breaker when he left the team. But the young forward was also quite successful during his stay with the Posh and his transfer definitely deserves a shout here.
A very similar thing could be said of Gayle and both of his incoming and outgoing moves. And yes, he’s only had a brief stint with the Posh but he still did quite well. And there are more examples, probably too many to name them all.
Conor Washington, Lee Tomlin and George Boyd, who left the club back in 2013, are all worthy of a mention. It will be interesting to see what other extraordinary transfer businesses Peterborough conduct in the near future.