Peterborough United's assist king Marcus Madisson apparently isn't the right profile for Aston Villa - at least according to his own club's owner.
Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony (above) didn’t hold back when discussing the prospect of Aston Villa opening up their chequebook again for his prized asset, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
The newspaper claimed that Villa sent club legend Brian Little to watch the exciting winger Marcus Maddison in action back in January, with the club attempting to build a squad capable of pushing for promotion after a transitional first season back in the second tier.
However, MacAnthony pulled no punches when asked whether he could imagine Villa making a bid for Maddison in the summer.
“Brian Little came to watch two games, and Marcus wasn’t great in them. I could never see Villa buying him. I don’t think they would be brave enough,” he said in quotes reported by the Birmingham Mail.
“But I believe he could walk into most Championship sides because every manager wants a player who can create and score goals.”
With eight goals to his name in League One this season, there is no doubt about Maddison’s ability in front of goal. Renowned for his ability to strike a ball with fearsome power, there is arguably no player more exhilarating, or enigmatic, than Maddison outside the top two tiers of English football.
And MacAnthony’s point seems a little unfair on further inspection.
Villa have spent the majority of their £70 million outlay this season on seemingly low-risk signings and players proven in the second tier, a la Mile Jedinak, Scott Hogan, Tommy Elphick and Ross McCormack.
However, they have also targeted young, breakthrough talents like James Bree and Jacob Bedeau. There does not appear to be a particular policy in place at Villa, just an attempt to improve their squad with the best players available.
Perhaps that is why Maddison, who has a remarkable 15 assists to his name this season, would appeal. It would certainly make MacAnthony eat his words if there was a summer swoop for his star man.