Kelvin Langmead has been brought in ahead of tonight’s game at Ipswich in the Carling Cup with the defender hopefully suring up the back four that has already been hit by injuries. John Johnson and Andy Holt are already missing and despite having Ashley Westwood and Nick McKoy as possible replacements, Langmead has joined Nana and Arron Davies in following Gary Johnson to Sixfields. It’s a month long loan deal that’s been signed this afternoon with the former Shrewsbury Player of the Year (2007) possibly being handed a start at Portman Road.
There’s been a mixed reaction to say the least, particularly on Twitter where I’ve had a couple of Posh fans very happy that Langmead is off their books for a while and some Cobblers support pretty happy with the signing. Resident ‘Boro fan @johnverall who is a member of the Football League Predictions Game, gave this damning assessment earlier:
“I fear for you when Johnson signs him. Seriously, one of the worst CB’s I’ve seen in a long-time”
“He has no position sense, he has no pace, can’t head. Defensive record improved so much when he was dropped. Just warning you, he’s horrific”
I’m hoping that’s an exaggerated view but we’ll soon find out if League Two is more suited to his talents. He seems to have a decent record in the lower leagues having been switched from centre forward to centre back by then boss Gary Peters in 2006, going on to claim the Player of the Year award as Shrewsbury reached the League Two Playoff Final. And after Johnson took him to Peterborough, he’s now brought him back under his wing once more.
We have to pray that the assessments above are proved incorrect…