Ryan Semple

Posh U21s set to face The Blades on Tuesday afternoon.

Peterborough United U21s welcome Sheffield United U21s to the idverde Training Ground on Tuesday afternoon (2pm) in the Professional Development League, with a number of players currently out on loan set to feature for the under 21s.

Mackenzie Lamb, Ashton Fox, Harry Thomas and Roddy McGlinchey are all enjoying loan spells, gaining valuable first-team experience, but all are expected to be involved to face The Blades with no midweek games scheduled.

Jacob Wakeling is also set to feature as the forward is cup-tied for EFL Trophy clash against Tottenham Hotspur U21s, while forward Reuben Marshall made his return to the matchday squad after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with Ryan Semple delighted to have both available tomorrow.

“Reuben’s [Marshall] first minutes back from injury where last week, played about 35 minutes against Crewe. It has been difficult for him with the issues he has had with his injury, but is now back and will be involved against Sheffield United. He is someone who always has an eye for goal, whether playing down the middle or either flank, but it’s also his work rate and appetite to press, helping us out how we want to play.”

“Jacob [Wakeling] played against Burnley and scored one goal, should have scored a couple me, but he was a real threat. A fantastic player with a great attitude, a willing runner and it will be about getting minutes for himself, hopefully getting more into the flow and some goals.”

The under 21s have picked up four points in their last two games, including a 3-1 victory over Burnley and a 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra, and Semple has highlighted the improvements of the performances over the last few games.

Semple said: “The performances over the last few weeks have been better, with parts of it very good but also areas that we will need to improve on. We have watched Sheffield United plenty of times and also played them on a few occasions now, they do what they do very well and are always  aggressive on the front-foot, make you defend and put pressure on you but also areas we can look to exploit against them.”

The Blades remain unbeaten in their league campaign, winning six of their eight games so far, and currently sit top of the table by two points.

Updates of the game will be provided on The Posh Academy X account (@theposhacademy).