COMMENT By Richard Parks
Leeds must pull out all the stops to sign Marcus Maddison after he was transfer-listed by Peterborough United today.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed that he will listen to offers for the attacking midfielder, 24, following the club’s failure to reach the League One play-offs.
“When I sat down with Marcus last August and agreed a new contract with him, I gave him my verbal assurances that were we to fall short and not gain promotion, I would allow him to leave the club subject to an offer acceptable to the football club and place him on the transfer list,” MacAnthony said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“He has had an incredible career with the Posh and it is only right that I stick to my word and give him the best chance possible to further his ambitions of playing further up the football pyramid, so with sadness, I can confirm he is available for transfer.”
Talk about a brilliant opportunity for Championship clubs eager to reinforce their squads over the summer window with a proven performer who can create and score goals.
Leeds director of football Victor Orta must jump to the front of the queue in the race to land one of the outstanding players outside of the top two tiers of English football.
The Durham-born playmaker has the sort of stats that would make Samuel Saiz and Pablo Hernandez green with envy.
In 52 matches this season, he has scored 12 goals and supplied 23 assists in all competitions. He was similarly effective last season, when his 48 games yielded nine goals and 18 assists.
Maddison is already a top operator and is getting better, the kind of consistent performer Leeds are crying out for.
They can march all the way to the 2018-19 play-offs if they can seal a deal for the former Newcastle man and charge him with pulling the strings next season.