Leeds United and Marcus Maddison were almost an item until Massimo the Mad got involved and started shifting the goalposts, according to Peterborough’s Director of Football Barry Fry in a BBC Sport article yesterday.
A deal between Posh and Leeds had been agreed, the nitty-gritty of the fee to be paid had been agreed upon and all seemed set for the move to go ahead. But Meddling Massimo stuck his oar in and spoiled the move for the highly regarded wing-cum-attacking midfielder.
On the foiled move, Barry Fry said: “I had three meetings with Leeds and thought I’d agreed a fee, then [Leeds owner Massimo] Cellino changed the goalposts and it didn’t happen. Marcus was disappointed it didn’t happen, obviously, because Leeds are a huge club.”
But like the Bob Dylan song, ‘the time’s are a-changing’ at Elland Road and this summer is likely to see Andrea Radrizzani complete his 100% takeover of the Whites. His impending buyout of Massimo Cellino is in the pipeline, with a resolution expected sooner rather than later.
This could very well open up the door once again for Marcus Maddison, with Leeds potentially losing two of their attacking wingers from this season, loanees Hadi Sacko and Alfonso Pedraza likely to return to parent clubs Sporting Lisbon and Villareal respectively.
A picture tweeted by Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony shows the importance that Maddison proved to be for the Posh this season.
Having a bit of a end of season stat review on all L1 stats top to bottom. Take a look at some here. Fascinating stuff to analyze/review 🙂 pic.twitter.com/82GKR7OpJ8
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) May 4, 2017
Key stats from MacAnthony tweet
- Assists – 17 (0.4 per 90 minutes)
- Goals and Assists – 26 (0.7 per 90 minutes)
- Playing in scoring attacks – 31 (50% involvement in team goals – 0.8 per 90 minutes)
- On-target shots – 68/147 (46% accuracy – 1.8 accurate shots per 90 minutes)
If Leeds United are looking for an attacking addition to their midfield unit, a player who can get them up the park effectively and is effective in providing chances for others, then they need look no further than the former Newcastle youngster.
Weighing in with nine goals is good enough but what is more impressive is that Maddison has laid on 17 goals for teammates, so he is more of a provider than scorer. That’s what Leeds’ midfield unit, Pablo Hernandez aside, has been missing, a regular provider of goals and chances from midfield.
Another area where Leeds were light in front of goal was the amount of shots on target per 90 minutes, 26 goal top-scorer Chris Wood being the most proficient with 1.1 shots per 90 minutes on target. Maddison eclipses this with ease – the attacking winger hitting the target 1.8 times per 90 minutes.
With Darragh MacAnthony admitting that Marcus Maddison is for sale, the Whites could do with testing the waters where they paddled in January this year.