The January transfer window is not far away and for Middlesbrough it could be a crucial time of the season.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side are sitting in 20th place in the Championship, and while results have picked up recently, there’s still plenty of work to do to move them up the table.
Injuries have played a huge part in Middlesbrough’s struggles this term, but those frailties have only emphasised the need for attacking reinforcements, something which is thought to be a top priority in January.
According to reports from Football Insder, the Teessiders are plotting a move for Peterborough United star Marcus Maddison.
The 26-year-old has taken League One by storm for the Posh after scoring 10 goals and getting eight assists in 20 games so far this term.
A playmaker by trade, Maddison is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available if Middlesbrough meet a release clause in his contract which is thought to be £2.6million.
But would the attacking midfielder be a good signing? Let’s take a look at why he might be the solution to Middlesbrough’s problems.
A proven threat in front of goal
Middlesbrough have struggled in front of goal – in fact, they’re the lowest scorers in the Championship.
That is why signing a player who scores goals and creates chances is a real priority for Jonathan Woodgate’s side.
10 goals and 8 assists so far this term shows that Marcus Maddison certainly ticks those boxes and could be the right man at the right time for Middlesbrough.
A modest transfer fee
Quality players cost money, but with Marcus Maddison it seems that Middlesbrough may have had a stroke of luck.
The Peterborough star has a release clause of £2.6million, meaning that any deal would represent decent value for money for a player who would be ready to hit the ground running.
At 26 years of age, Maddison is approaching his prime and that could be very exciting for the Teessiders.
A consistent performer
Plenty of players can show their class on odd occasions, but Marcus Maddison is a proven performer.
The 26-year-old has played 243 matches for Peterborough, scoring 62 goals and supplying 92 assists for his teammates.
If he could replicate that sort of record at the Riverside Stadium, he’d certainly be a hit.