The Aston Villa fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling relatively optimistic about their chances of sealing promotion back to the Premier League this season. The Villains had a mixed start to life in the second tier in the 2016/17 campaign but things have improved this term and they currently sit 5th in the league.
Steve Bruce has enough experience to know that lots of work needs to be done still before the end of the January transfer window in order to ensure the squad is fully equipped for a promotion battle. And the former Sunderland, Birmingham and Hull boss is undoubtedly scouring the market for potential arrivals.
One such player would be Marcus Maddison of Peterborough United. Aston Villa had a chance to scout him firsthand in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Posh, where Maddison produced two assists to help his side come from 1-0 down to beat the Villains 3-1.
How Maddison is not playing at a higher level yet is a mystery. The 24-year-old piles in with heaps of goals and assists each year for Peterborough United but has not yet been snapped up by a Championship club.
This season, Maddison has nine goals and thirteen assists to his name, adding to his burgeoning reputation. His versatility makes him an asset too – the former Newcastle academy player can play anywhere across the attacking midfield line or as a left wing-back.
With the ability to tear defences to shreds, Maddison would provide an immediate boost to Bruce’s attacking midfield options. And with Josh Onomah and Robert Snodgrass only on loan from Tottenham and West Ham respectively, Maddison is also a sensible long-term solution in that position.