This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Rewind’ series, this content strand is where we rewind back to a particular moment at a club, assess the initial reaction from the fans, and then proceed to evaluate and reflect on whether fans were right to react in that way…
When Charlton Athletic signed Marcus Maddison towards the end of the summer window, many took note.
The Addicks, looking to make a late splash in the transfer market having seen many of the months prior dogged by uncertainty over the ownership and the future of the club, had taken a punt on a player who, whilst possessing massive quality, had also had his struggles at times in the game.
For many, though, it was a risk worth taking with the ability he has on the ball and, signing on a one-year deal with an option for another 12 months after that, Charlton fans were pleased with his arrival at the time:
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) October 1, 2020
Get in there, great signing #cafc
— Simon Bruce (@Bruce21Simon) October 1, 2020
What an incredible signing
— mightymitch2007 (@mightymitch2007) October 1, 2020
— cafc___ (@cafc___) October 1, 2020
Great signing pleased with that. Welcome Marcus.
— Andy Roberts (@AndyJRoberts77) October 1, 2020
What a signing!! Great work yet again by Bows and Gallen!! #cafc
— Dan (@danistheman_10) October 1, 2020
— Sandgaards Dream (@PlentyOfShotsFC) October 1, 2020
Don’t mind if I do 😍😍
— k-tee (@xkatiebuckland) October 1, 2020
Crikey. It's like we're a real football club again
— Depugis (@depugis) October 1, 2020
Fast forward to the present, however, and it is clear that things just have not worked out how anyone would have liked for Maddison in SE7.
A player that many thought Lee Bowyer could get a tune out of and, therefore, be key in their play-off challenge, Maddison has struggled for game time with fitness issues and it is evident that his manager has doubted his commitment to the cause.
Indeed, criticism seemingly aimed at Maddison for a lack of desire after the loss to Accrington at The Valley seemed to be the last straw for the relationship, with him joining Bolton Wanderers on loan for the rest of the season at the end of the winter window.
Certainly, it seems unlikely that that option will be taken up for another year at Charlton and, though it was a gamble worth taking given how it could have paid off, it’s looking highly probable Maddison will be a free agent again in the summer.