Ahead of Leeds United heading to Hull City this weekend, David Prutton has earmarked Marcus Maddison as the player that the Whites need to watch out for, in conversation with Love Sport Radio.
Marcelo Bielsa’s charges will be hoping to bring three points back to Elland Road from their visit of the KCOM Stadium in Saturday’s early Championship kickoff against Grant McCann’s struggling side.
The Tigers have not won in their last nine matches, with seven defeats and just two draws in that time, and two of their best players this season – Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki – left the club in January.
On deadline day, Hull brought Maddison on loan from Peterborough United, the midfielder – whose Posh contract expires at the end of the season – having claimed 10 goals and eight assists for the Cambridgeshire side this term (Transfermarkt).
Maddison has scored one goal so far for Hull, in the 4-4 draw against Swansea, and Prutton talked up the 26-year-old, who has claimed 62 goals and 92 assists for Peterborough since joining in 2014.
“From Hull City’s points of view, Marcus Maddison has come from Peterborough,” the former Leeds ace told Love Sport Radio. “He’s played for Grant McCann before, capable of the absolutely spectacular and I mean that in every single sense of the word.
“Some of the goals that he’s scored have been phenomenal and he’s the type of man that you think that Hull will be looking to rely on to get themselves as I said, as safe as possible as soon as possible.”
Maddison is indeed a talented player with an absolutely outstanding track record of goals and assists for Peterborough – he is blessed with pace, great dribbling ability, superb reading of the game and a wand of a left foot.
To date, however, he still seems to be adapting to life in the Championship, and of the six games he’s featured in for his new side, four have been lost and two were drawn – his goal helping Hull claim a point against Swansea.
No question about it, Leeds will likely be pulling out all the stops to keep Maddison at bay, and if they do that, there’s a great chance they will extend their winning run and condemn the Tigers to another poor result.