Marcus Maddison is nearing his 200th appearance in a Peterborough United shirt as the talented midfielder continues to torment Sky Bet League One defences on a regular basis.
The Durham born player, who operates as an attacking midfielder centrally or in wide positions, has long been regarded as one of the third tier’s best talent’s – able to turn a match with a moment of brilliance or a goal out of nothing, something he does with great consistency for Darren Ferguson’s side.
However, Maddison has been a Peterborough player for five years now, joining from non-league Gateshead in 2014, and at 25-years-old – surely he must be looking to take the step up to Championship level in the near future.
He may well end up there with Peterborough United, of course, the Posh have a strong, attacking squad with the likes of Ivan Toney, Siriki Dembele, Joe Ward, Niall Mason along with Maddison forming one of the best offensive units in League One.
Peterborough have been there or thereabouts many times over recent seasons, knocking on the play-off door with regularity. As of yet though, they’ve been unable to find the necessary consistency to get ‘over the line’ – and if they fail again this season, Marcus Maddison may consider moving on to better his career.
Maddison is very much capable of playing at a higher level. His vision and execution are exemplary. Though favouring his left foot, he’s able to use either to produce wicked, swerving deliveries into the box.
He also sees possibilities and options quicker than most at his level, able to catch defenders and goalkeepers out with the unexpected, and scoring some incredible goals. His attacking versatility also marks him out as a strong target for any clubs higher up the leagues currently lacking in creativity. Maddison can play on either side, as a wide forward or midfielder as well as having the ability to play off a striker, posing opponents a multitude of defensive questions.
Peterborough will be keen to hold onto their main man, they’ll have aspirations of being in the second tier themselves next season. Though should this success not be forthcoming, Marcus Maddison should move on. His talents, skills and abilities have outgrown League One and – at nearly 26 years of age – the time is right for him to test himself higher up.