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‘Not the sort of player we want’ – Sunderland fan pundit urges club not to move for five-goal attacker in January

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…

Football League World’s Sunderland fan pundit Charlie Hodgson has urged his club against signing Peterborough United attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison in January.

The Black Cats were linked with a move for the North East born creator in the summer but opted against paying his £2.5million release clause and Hodgson believes that is a stance they should maintain.

“I know Maddison is a good player at this level but from the outside he looks like he hasn’t got the right attitude or level of professionalism we need,” the regular punter told Football League World.

“A list came out on Twitter on deadline day of his fines from the club and that showed why we haven’t signed him. He’s not the sort of player we want.

“To be honest I wouldn’t sign him but I also wouldn’t really complain if we did as he is a good player and would help us get out of League One.”

Voted the third tier’s player of the month for August, Maddison has got his campaign off to a flying start, scoring five times in eight league matches and assisting six more.

For Sunderland, it has been a bit of a stop-start season, currently sitting in fourth place with four wins, three draws and one loss to their name.

And, although Maddison may not be on his list, Hodgson is still determined to see his side strengthen during the winter window.

“In January I think we should prioritise a strong and tall central midfield player,” he said.

“Also another attacker with pace to give another option whether starting or off the bench and definitely another striker because I don’t really see any of ours going out and scoring a goal as I did when (Josh) Maja was here.

“A player we didn’t, and still haven’t, replaced.”

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