26-year-old Marcus Maddison was hot property in the summer, linked with a move away from Peterborough United with a host of Championship clubs thought to be interested.
The left-sided player stayed put, but his value began to dwindle. He couldn’t find the form that had made him such hot property and found himself turning in rather inconsistent performances under manager Steve Evans.
At the end of January, with Maddison boasting just one league goal, Evans was sacked. Darren Ferguson came in which delighted the former Gateshead man.
It was Ferguson who signed him in the first place and the change has been extraordinary. Maddison has gone from looking lost to being energised and interested once more. He’s been involved in nine of Posh’s last ten goals, bagging five in five himself.
As a player, it must be tough when there’s a change of manager, especially with the added pressure of having been linked with a move. When the form went out of the window as well, Maddison must have been fearful what the future held for him.
This recent run will have been just the tonic. Posh are still very much in the play-off race, moving back into the top six with this weekend’s 2-0 win, a game in which Maddison scored.
There will be a certain amount of redemption for the player, a chance to get back onside with the fans, but most of all it brightens the future up for him too.
He’s coming into form at the right time and could be vital as they hunt a Championship spot. If he does make it to the play-offs and if his goals are the difference, then his stock goes back up once more.
His versatility and presence is something that wouldn’t be out of place in the second-tier, but would he even want a move away?
If Darren Ferguson knows him best and he’s focused on working with the man who took him to Posh, could it be that the forgotten man of last summer once again becomes one of the key players at London Road?
The upheaval at posh might not have worked out well for everyone, but Marcus Maddison has certainly been one to benefit hugely.