The ex-Newcastle United prospect who they should never have released

Newcastle United may be regretting the decision to allow Marcus Maddison to leave the club as a youngster.

The ball dipped and swerved ferociously as it rapidly accelerated towards the goal. It had travelled a long-way, but the goalkeeper could only look on, helpless, at it crashed into the top corner of the net, finding its target like a heat-seeking missile. 

Marcus Maddison stood, arms aloft, whilst his teammates visibly stood in awe of what he had just done. 

Maddison wasn't shocked, though. He knew exactly where he intended to hit his shot and he knew he had the ability to do it.

The 20-year-old Peterborough United player's free-kick against Oldham Athletic has since gone viral, with everyone catching a glimpse of the supreme talent whose burgeoning reputation is building at London Road.

It would also have been a goal which Newcastle United watched on with regret at. Maddison was released by the Magpies as a youngster, but he has bounced back from the set-back admirably and the Premier League side may be regretting their decision to release the prospect now. 

There is an arrogant streak in Maddison's game which was reportedly the reason why he was allowed to leave St. James' Park.

A keen dribbler, the fleet-footed attacker is not a player whose first intention is to look for a safe pass.

Instead, he drives at the heart of opposition teams, going for the jugular every time he is in possession. 

Maddison has lit up League One since arriving from Gateshead, where he began to prove Newcastle's decision to allow him to leave was incorrect. 

During his time in the non-league he took a while to start showing his talent, but when he hit full flow he was unstoppable. 

When speaking after Maddison's departure Gateshead manager, Gary Mills, knew he was losing a prodigious talent.

"He is the only player I've had in 20 years of management that every time he gets the ball I think he will score a goal," he said. "That is a bit special."

His goalscoring exploits have barely slowed down, despite the two division jump he has had to make either.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson described Maddison's most recent display, even in a 1-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra, as one of the finest he had ever seen. 

He looks set to be the next player in a long list who go on to make Posh mega-money, but with a bit of patience Newcastle could have had a secret weapon to unleash this season.

Whilst many of the Magpies squad have been fearful and tepid in their performances, Maddison seemingly only knows how to play at full-throttle. 

His incessant desire to get on the ball, matched with his dazzling ability whilst in possession makes a potent combination and it would have provided Newcastle with the attacking intent they needed this campaign.

"For me to replace someone like Marcus is virtually impossible," Mills said when Maddison departed. Newcastle, too, may just be finding this out. 

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