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Sunderland have again been linked with a January move for Peterborough star Marcus Maddison. The Wearsiders have been interested in signing the 26-year-old since dropping into League One, however are yet to make an official move.
The Posh have failed to tie Maddison down to a long term contract, therefore it may be the time for Sunderland to strike and aim to buy him in a cut-price deal. Although, Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony has been defiant about keeping their star player so far this season.
With The Posh currently sitting third in League One and Maddison already scoring six goals from midfield, they will be desperate to keep hold of him. Manager Darren Ferguson will be confident of getting his side promoted, if he can keep Maddison, Ivan Toney and Mo Eisa for the entirety.
On the other hand, Sunderland have been crying out for a player like Maddison since last summer. A player with that ‘X-Factor’ who can score goals from deep, run with the ball and supply the strikers with chances.
Sunderland found scoring goals difficult last season, which explains why they drew 19 matches. George Honeyman filled the number 10 role for the majority of their last campaign, and scored just six goals. That’s not enough if you want automatic promotion.
If you compare that to the two sides who were promoted in 2017/18 from League One, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers, there’s a massive difference. Wigan’s number 10, Nick Powell, scored 15 goals. While, Bradley Dack netted 18 times for Rovers. That’s the difference between winning automatic promotion, or having to settle for play-offs.
Again, Sunderland are falling victim to drawing too many matches this season. After Hull City signed Honeyman in the summer from Sunderland, now former manager Jack Ross has alternated between Luke O’Nien and Max Power in the number 10 spot. Between both players, they have registered two goals and three assists. Maddison has six goals and six assists, a big difference.
The new Sunderland manager will likely make it a priority to either find a way of getting his midfielders to score more goals, or identify a target he can sign in January to do that. Maddison is an obvious choice.
However, would Peterborough sell to a promotion rival mid-way through a season?