Posh chairman Darragh McAnthony recently replied to a Leeds fan’s tweet enquiring whether Leeds United had made bids for attacking duo Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison, to which he replied that the club had received bids for both players from a championship club, however could not reveal which club it was. Reports have spread that Leeds will battle it out with Nottingham Forest for Marriott alone, with Maddison attracting plenty of interest himself. Jack Marriott flew to Portugal with Peterborough for their pre-season camp while Maddison has stayed in the UK, presumably to complete a transfer deal. He also revealed that the club had received three Marriott bids from one club in he last eight days as both prepare to be playing Championship football next season.
So, if Leeds United were to win the race for the Posh dynamic duo, what would they be getting?
Marcus Maddison has been a very impressive playmaker over the last few seasons in a Peterborough jersey. Last season he assisted eighteen and scored eight in 41 league matches, while scoring two and assisting four goals in six FA Cup games. In a total of 150 matches in League One, Maddison has scored 35 goals and assisted 54, incredibly prolific and impressive for the 24 year old. The Newcastle United academy product can play on either wing and in-behind the striker, and is a serious danger to the opposition in all positions.
When playing in the wide position, Maddison likes to bring the ball inside with his left on the edge of the eighteen years box and either go for goal or put in a cross. From here, he always seems to cause serious danger, many of his attempts from such a position originally appear outrageous, but the way he wraps his foot around the ball makes up the distance. His ability on the ball is incredibly impressive, as you can tell, he keeps on delivering goalscoring opportunities. He’s seriously cool on the ball and when taking on defenders, accompanied by a wonderful combination of short passes, long passes, ball into the box, he’s all over the place in the final third.
Bielsa’s fluid and free way of playing suits the attacker so well, it gives him the opportunity to get in the ball as much as possible and create in his own way, from the middle or wide positions. He is unbelievably quick with the ball and loves driving straight at goal and is perfectly comfortable on either foot and is also a free-kick specialist, with many outrageous goals coming from his set pieces. If Leeds were to sign him, you can almost guarantee that he will deliver entertaining and attacking football at Elland Road.
But Leeds need somebody up top to finish all of those chances, enter fellow Posh man Jack Marriott. The 23 year old scored 27 league goals last season while assisting four while also scoring five goals in six FA Cup games. Marriott is quick, clever and loves to put defenders under pressure, with one or two goals coming from such pressure. As a striker, you can be taught what areas to get into and how to find space, something that Marriott is already brilliant at, but there is something natural and instinctive to a player’s finishing, and Marriott is no exception to a tremendous finisher.
These two coupled together in the Leeds team bring energy, fluid football and lots of goals. They know eachother’s games inside and out and have been made available by Peterborough United. Leeds should definitely snap them up.