News emerged yesterday that Charlton have had a bid for Peterborough United attacker Marcus Maddison accepted, and they will be confident of landing the 26-year-old.
Maddison has netted nine goals in League One this season as he has formed a deadly trio with the likes of Ivan Toney and Mo Eisa going forward, and Lee Bowyer looks like the man who will finally give Maddison his break in the second tier.
The Addicks will be looking to add some attacking spark to their front-line this January, and here are three qualities that Charlton can look forward to if they manage to land Maddison…
Maddison is one of the best crossers of a ball whether it be from open play or set pieces, he normally manages to find a team-mate’s head.
His crosses will be like a dream for the likes of Macauley Bonne, Tom Lockyer and Jason Pearce, who would all be willing to attack a set piece from Maddison.
The attacker is capable of lofting them into the box with pinpoint accuracy and whether they drop on to a striker’s head or foot, it is a type of cross that cries out for a goal to be scored at the end of it.
Ability to take someone on
Maddison is quick over short distances and he likes to pick the ball up in a central area before taking on the opposition and leaving them for dust.
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The 26-year-old has such power on the ball and he is able to drop a shoulder to go the other way, which often proves effective in the former Gateshead man’s case.
Whenever Maddison picks the ball up, he is capable of driving his team up the pitch and getting them forward by himself due to the amount of distance he can cover when running with the ball.
Shots from long range
As well as being good out wide and through the middle when driving through the midfield of the opposition, Maddison also has the ability to score goals from long range.
When he catches a glimpse of goal from 25 yards out, it will take a good goalkeeper to be able to prevent the ball from nestling in the back of the net as the attacker can hit it with such power and dip that one strike from his left boot can deceive any goalkeeper.
Maddison can bring a goalscoring prowess from midfield if he is able to get within his range enough times, and his strikes from distance are something that Addicks fans could enjoy.