Marcus Maddison’s assist record for Peterborough over the last six seasons was next to none.
True, that is frequently a hastily-attributed idiom, however, for its 25-year-old, thankfully, it’s a fact; since the start of this 2014/15 season, his impressive tally of 71 team aids is 18 over every other player in the top four tiers of English football.
If this wasn’t enough, his first 119 target involvements in that time place him close to the esteemed company of Tottenham’s Harry Kane (144) and also Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (147).
“It is probably just knowing where the ball should proceed,” he modestly told Sky Sports ahead of Posh’s trip to Tranmere on Tuesday evening.
“I am relying on my team-mates to understand where I will set the ball. It is not about looking where they are, it is about putting the ball at the place they should be in. It is about sport understanding.”
Capable of playing anywhere across the frontline, the 25-year-old hasalmost exclusively, been deployed this expression along with boss Darren Ferguson is currently reaping the benefits as a result of the change that was positional.
The statistics grow more notable Maddison has scored five goals and put on a six assists, assisting his team who have won four without even conceding – up into sixth at the desk, three behind leaders Coventry.
However, for a participant who returned for training several weeks later than his team-mates what has sparked the relentless start that resulted week in him being named League One Player of the Month?
He continued:”I’ve had a lot of catching up to do. I came back to training a lot later than the rest of the boys – possibly a month . But I believe it’s the belief in all my team-mates, and the manager who has cared for me really well. I have worked with the physio staff to keep myself and I think I’m just living my life directly.
“It’s a long season. An August that is OK we had. We started a bit rusty, things clicked after which we have scored 11 goals rather than surrendered (since risen to 17 in most competitions), things are going nicely. It can go back to getting beats, if we get complacent. I believe we have just got to keep our foot on the gas and continue.
“I would really like to find advertising. I’ve been here a very long time and we’ve failed likely regrettably. As well we had been on the outskirts. I want to win a promotion. I’ve got a couple of individual decorations but it’s hard not to do it with the group.”
However, as the saying goes, success breeds contempt.
On the final weekend of August, boyhood Sunderland enthusiast Maddison scored two goals in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Black Cats in the ABAX Stadium, the first of which had been a 30-yard free-kick that was gorgeous.
A night out at the Red Room bar of Peterborough followed though many members of the people contacted club chairman Darragh MacAnthony through Twitter to inform him accusing him of inappropriate behaviour from the procedure.
MacAnthony hit in defence of his precious asset, and even promised he’d asked the place to send the bill to him to allow him to settle it out of his own pocket.
“Yesit was very pleasant to score against my boyhood club,” Maddison states. “It is not disheartening at all. The people are down to say the things that they need to say. Should I go out and enjoy myself following a result that is good, I go out any time and enjoy myself, I am sure individuals have got something to say.
“Because we’re public figures, they think that it’s OK to go and tell other individuals. I’m happy the chairman had my back and understood what I do. We’ve got a really good relationship and I think that is why I’m here on now, still doing what I am doing, as I and him get on so nicely .”
That said, it remains to be seen just how long he will remain in Cambridgeshire. Of course reaching the heights that the Durham-born forwards has done over the last few years has attracted interest from around the EFL. For more than a year Sunderland are linked with a shift, earlier this summer, while Hull displayed an interest.
The fact of the matter is, if things stay as they have been, Maddison’s contract will expire in the summer, leaving him free to sign a pre-contract arrangement with a different club from January. As he addresses the current speculation, However he keeps a calm exterior.
“Of course, you hear picture annually:”This person’s in for you” or even”you might be moving here”I presume you have only got to keep your head . I’m getting a phone call saying I’m going somewhere and unless something happens, I’m contracted to the football club and I’ve got to sacrifice my all for this football team.
“It would be great to try at a Championship clubwhether that be Peterborough or somewhere else, but that is not down to me, that’s for different managers, other directors to produce the decision, pay the cash and get me in. However, as of now, I’m at Peterborough United and I’ll continue to do exactly what I do.”