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Peterborough United boss urges Da Silva Lopes to add more goals to his game

Leo Da Silva Lopes is attracting interest from clubs higher up the football pyramid. Credit: PA

Peterborough United manager Grant McCann has challenged highly-rated midfielder Leo Da Silva Lopes to get on the scoresheet more often next season after the Portuguese teenager bagged his first league goals against Bristol Rovers.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young talents outside the Premier League, but had only scored in cup games up until Saturday's 4-2 win at the ABAX Stadium.

Da Silva Lopes' match-winning display coincided with him playing in the number 10 role, and McCann wants to see more of the same in 2017/18.

We wanted to try and have a look at Leo in that position, because where he's been playing at the minute he was probably a little bit too deep and he's got a lot more to his game.

The first one's an excellent finish and the second one I think obviously the keeper should have done a little bit better with it but he's hit the target and that's all you can do in them situations.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United manager

With only an away game at Bolton Wanderers remaining this weekend, Peterborough know that they will finish the campaign in 11th place whatever happens.

Despite failing to mount a promotion push, McCann was happy to end Posh's home campaign on a winning note.

"We wanted to finish with a bang at home and I thought we did that," McCann told ITV News Anglia.

"Yes, we were disappointed with the two goals we conceded at the end but this is Peterborough United and nothing is ever simple!

"We got the job done and we've got another good game for the players next week at Bolton."