Peterborough United Loanees Who Failed To Meet Their Potential

Peterborough United loanees whose careers haven't quite reached the heights expected
Ryan Tunnicliffe

Posh sufficiently bolstered their options upon their return to the Championship in 2011 with the arrival of Manchester United’s Young Player of the Year, Ryan Tunnicliffe.

The midfielder was highly thought of at Old Trafford, after being a key performer in the club’s FA Youth Cup success that year, and would go on to make 30 appearances in his half-season spell at London Road.

But despite making his United debut in a 2-1 League Cup win at home to Newcastle United, and featuring in the competition again in a 5-4 defeat at Chelsea a month later in 2012, he’d never make the grade at United.

While his Red Devils debut won his father £10,000, following a bet he’d placed 10 years earlier, it would be a career in the Championship that would follow.

Ryan Tunnicliffe in action for Peterborough United in the Championship

He’d spend half a season on loan with Ipswich Town, before signing for Premier League strugglers Fulham in January 2014 for an undisclosed fee.

But within 25 days of joining the west London club, and a change in manager seeing former United assistant René Meulensteen sacked and replaced by Felix Magath, Tunnicliffe fell massively out of favour.

He appeared just twice in the Premier League before being shipped out on loan to Wigan in the Championship.

From there, he’s had spells in the second tier with Blackburn, Wigan for a second spell, and a stint back at Craven Cottage before being released in 2017 and joining Millwall on a two-year deal that summer.

But he was released once more in 2019, with the 27-year-old taking up the option of signing for newly-promoted Luton Town, who are currently second from bottom in the Championship.

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