This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sunderland are still to announce their new permanent manager, but that has not stopped the club continuing to monitor transfer targets, with Peterborough United winger Marcus Maddison a player that falls into that category, according to a report on Chronicle Live.
Maddison, 26, has been in fine form for the Posh this season scoring six goals and making six assists in 12 league appearances so far this season.
So would Maddison be a good addition to the Black Cats squad?
“This isn’t something that has come as much of a surprise, their interest in Maddison this summer is well documented and given his form they’d be mad not to try again in January.
“Maddison has been one of the league’s standout performers for the past few seasons, and has perhaps outgrown Peterborough in recent years, meaning he should seek to move on.
“He is likely to command a high fee particularly as Darragh MacAnthony drives a hard bargain in the transfer market.
“I would be surprised if they don’t end up paying at least £2 million for Maddison, as he really has been different class this season for the Posh, who will surely be eager to hold onto him for at least the rest of this campaign.”
“This would be a great signing in League One. Maddison has proven over his Peterborough career that he is one of the hottest properties in the division.
“Already this season, Maddison has scored six and assisted six goals already after 11 appearances putting Peterborough firmly in the promotion mix, as they sit one point and one place behind second-placed Wycombe.
“Maddison’s record in League One is frightening and stretches back beyond just this season, as he has recorded 71 assists since the start of the 2014/15 season, which is comfortably more than any player in the top-four tiers of English football.
“Sunderland would be getting a number 10 to help ease the goalscoring burden on the forwards in the team, but also one that provides versatility to be able to play anywhere across their attacking-midfield three comfortably.”
“Marcus Maddison would be a class signing for Sunderland. He’s been the creative cog in Posh’s front-three which has scored 25 goals already this season, with six assists and as many goals.
“Posh won’t want to let him go but his performances have warranted a move elsewhere – but will Maddison want to go to Sunderland? It might be something of a side-wards move for Maddison – Sunderland are six places behind Peterborough in League One
“If the money is there though then there would be nothing stopping Maddison. He’d fit right into the Sunderland XI, having a proven record at this level and a creative side that the Black Cats desperately need.
“He shouldn’t be too hard to pry away from Peterborough, who are third in League One after 12 games. Sunderland are without a manager though, and who they appoint could decide whether players like Maddison want to join the club.”