Marcus Maddison record for Peterborough within the last six seasons has been next to none.
True, that is frequently a hastily-attributed idiom, but for its 25-year-old, thankfully, it’s true; since the beginning of this 2014/15 year, his astonishing tally of 71 team assists is 18 more than every other player in the top four tiers of British soccer.
If this wasn’t enough, his 119 goal involvements at the time place him close to the prestigious firm of Tottenham’s Harry Kane (144) and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (147).
“It is probably only understanding where the ball should proceed,” he told Sky Sports ahead of Posh’s trip to Tranmere on Tuesday evening.
“I’m relying on my team-mates to know where I’m going to set the ball. It is not about looking where they are, it’s all about putting the ball in the place they need to be in. It’s about game knowledge.”
Capable of playing anywhere through the frontline has, almost exclusively, been deployed this expression and Posh boss Darren Ferguson is currently reaping the benefits as a consequence of the change.
The statistics grow more notable with the week: Maddison has scored five goals and also placed assisting his team who have won four on the spin without even conceding – up to sixth at the desk, three behind leaders Coventry.
But, for a player who returned for training a few weeks later than his team-mates what has sparked the constant beginning that resulted in him being named League One Player of the Month week?
He continued:”I have had a whole great deal of catching up to do. I came back to training a lot later than the rest of the boys – possibly afterwards. However, I think it’s the supervisor who has cared for me very well, along with the opinion in my team-mates. I’ve worked to keep myself and I think I am just living my own life straight.
“It’s a long season. An OK August we had. We started a bit rusty, things clicked after which we’ve scored 11 goals rather than conceded (since risen to 17 in all contests ), things are going nicely. It can return to getting defeats if we get complacent. I think we have just got to keep our foot on the gas and continue.
“I would like to find advertising. I’ve been here a very long time and we’ve failed probably sadly. Last year as well we had been on the outskirts. I’d like to acquire a promotion for a team. I’ve got a few individual trophies but it’s hard not to get it done with the team.”
However, as the saying goes, success breeds contempt.
On the last weekend of August Sunderland fan Maddison scored two goals within a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Black Cats in the ABAX Stadium, the first of which was a gorgeous 30-yard free-kick.
A night out at the Red Room bar of Peterborough followed , though several members of the public contacted club chairman Darragh MacAnthony through Twitter to inform him of their participant’s presence, accusing him of unprofessional behaviour from the process.
However, MacAnthony claimed he’d asked the venue to send the invoice to him to repay it out of his pocket, and also hit back in defence of his precious asset.
“Yesit was really great to score against my boyhood club” Maddison states. “It’s not disheartening at all. The public are right down to state the things that they need to say. When I go out and enjoy myself following a result that is fantastic, or I move out some time and enjoy myself, I’m sure people have something to say.
“Because we are public figures, they think that it’s OK to go and tell other men and women. I am glad the chairman knew what I had been doing and had my back. We’ve got a excellent relationship and I think that’s why I’m here six years on now, doing what I’m doing, because I and him get on so nicely ”
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen just how long he will stay in Cambridgeshire. Of course reaching has attracted attention from around the EFL. For over a year, in, Sunderland have been linked with a shift, while an interest was displayed by Hull before this summer.
The simple fact of the matter is, as they have been, if matters stay, Maddison’s contract will expire in the summer, leaving him free to signal a pre-contract agreement with another club in January. But he maintains a calm exterior as he addresses the recent speculation.
“Of courseyou hear picture annually:”This person’s accountable for you” or”you might be going here”I think you have only got to keep your head . I’m getting a phone call saying I am going somewhere and unless something happens, I am contracted to this football club and I have got to sacrifice my all for this soccer team.
“It would be great to test in a Championship clubwhether that be Peterborough or somewhere else, but that is not down to me, that’s for different managers, other supervisors to make the choice, pay the cash and get me in. But as of today, I’m in Peterborough United and I’ll continue to do what I would do.”