Manchester United and Tottenham youngsters victim of Peterborough United 'curse'

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard, Scott Wooton and Davide Petrucci are still nursing sores from their time at London Road while West Brom striker Saido Berahino did not fair much better. We wish latest Posh loanee Florent Cuvelier of Stoke City all the best. Break a leg!

In January I was personally excited to hear the news that Peterborough United had managed to secure two extremely talented young players on loan until the end of the season.

I had heard plenty of Davide Petrucci. The Posh had extended his one-month loan for the rest of the season and hearing of how Manchester United coach Warren Joyce had bigged him up along with several messages of exuberant hype on United forums I was excited to see him in action.

The same could be said for their other loan signing; Alex Pritchard of Tottenham Hotspur. The 19-year-old has been compared to David Beckham in terms of the influence he has on games and as HITC’s NextGen Series correspondent I had seen plenty of the boy in action to know he was one of the Premier League’s hottest talents.

On top of these two signings they also managed to bring in Manchester United defender Scott Wooton. So highly rated at Liverpool before United took him away; he had impressed for United in the League Cup and this was to be his chance to shine.

So how have they got on?

Well it seems I may be about to dub an entirely new curse; which may leave one Belgian youth international shivering his timbers.

Forget the ‘curse of the Bambino’ because now we have the ‘curse of the Posh loanee’; all three of these players have had their spells decimated by injury.

Petrucci played just four games and scored a screamer against Leicester City but suffered a hamstring injury at the end of last month and was therefore ruled out for the rest of the season.

Scott Wooton was even more unlucky. He played twice for Darren Ferguson’s men and scored on his debut against Nottingham Forest. He also hurt his hamstring and was sent back to United for treatment.

Pritchard tore his ankle ligaments in his second appearance for the London Road club; an initial assessment of six weeks out was originally mooted but the player now looks like missing out for the season.

All of this came after impressive England youth international Saido Berahino chipped a bone in his knee which brought his loan spell to a premature end back in December.

Even Ferguson himself has commented on the ‘curse’:

"I think we're cursed a little bit with the ones we've signed on loan."

So spare a thought for Florent Cuvelier. The young Belgian has been very impressive on two separate loan spells at Walsall from Stoke City but considering the fate of every other Premier League loanee to visit London Road this season he might just have to stock up on Ibuprofen in advance.

What do you make of the Peterborough loanee ‘curse’?

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