Peterborough United Loanees Who Failed To Meet Their Potential

Peterborough United loanees whose careers haven't quite reached the heights expected
Scott Wootton

Like Tunnicliffe, Scott Wootton joined Posh alongside his Manchester United teammate upon Posh’s first season back in the Championship.

Having spent his youth career with both Liverpool and United, the defender had already gained a rich education in the game but managed just 14 appearances.

After mutually agreeing with Ferguson that he would be free to return to United midway through the season, Wootton would spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest.

His United debut also came in United’s 2-1 League Cup success over Newcastle United and featured again in the competition as the Red Devil’s lost 5-4 at Chelsea.

But better still for Wootton, he’d make his first appearance in the Champions League against CFR Cluj on 2 October 2012, replacing Jonny Evans.

However, that’d be the end of his United career and, after an injury-hit two-game return to Posh on loan in January 2013, he’d join Leeds for a fee believed to be in the region of £1 million that summer.

Scott Wootton in action for Peterborough United in the Championship

He quickly fell down the pecking order at Elland Road and join Rotherham on loan in the Championship in November 2014, but saw a permanent deal denied by Leeds and reinstated, this time, at right-back.

Despite Wootton managing to hold down his place for a time, he was later released at the end of the 2015/16 season, before joining MK Dons on a two-year contract.

But within 25 days of signing for the Dons, having scored on his league debut in a 1-0 away win at Rochdale, Wootton suffered a career-damaging ACL injury in a Football League Trophy tie against Barnet.

Wootton featured heavily in 2017/18 but was released following the end of the campaign and later joined Plymouth where an injury-hampered season would end in the Pilgrims relegated to League Two.

However, things appear to be improving for the 28-year-old now, who has been ever-present for Plymouth this season, making 42 appearances and with the club in the automatic promotion places with nine games to go.

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