Hot on the heels of Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirming on Twitter that midfielder Marcus Maddison would be leaving this summer and that a club had come in for him, former Premiership side Sunderland have been identified by the Daily Mail as one of the clubs interested.
Posh had already confirmed via Director of Football Barry Fry that Championship side Reading had shown an interest in Maddison and now there are just a few weeks until players return for pre-season, things are hotting up.
Maddison, nicknamed “Magic” by some sections of the Posh fans, was signed by Posh in 2014 from Gateshead but has become a permanent fixture of the first team and has turned into the “assist king” of League One.
Despite creating so many chances for his colleagues, some of which were taken while many were squandered, he also scores goals notching 12 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last season.
Wherever he ends up, he will continue to create numerous chances for his new club but if there is one thing he could get rid of, then it is the regularity that he falls to the ground! In fact, the number of times he was fouled and wasn’t awarded a freekick was a regular occurrence last season as it appeared referees know what Maddison is like and often don’t know when he has truly been fouled and when he is trying to make the most of the situation! If he cut out the diving, especially in areas of the pitch that aren’t dangerous, then he should earn more freekicks around the penalty area which could present more goalscoring chances.
The question now is how much can Posh get for him? Fry stated just over a week ago that Posh may have to lower their expectations and accept a lower bid but with a Championship side and a former Premiership side who will get a £34 million parachute payment this season, surely Posh can negotiate a good fee for him?