Sunderland should take advantage of Ndong boost to revisit signing Marcus Maddison

It was revealed on Thursday that Sunderland have come to amicable agreement over Didier Ndong’s departure that will see them rewarded financially, and they should consider revisiting signing a reported summer target in Peterborough United’s Marcus Maddison.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Black Cats boss Jack Ross was linked with a move for the highly-rated 25-year-old during the summer, but any move failed to materialise as the attack-minded midfielder ended up staying at London Road.

Meanwhile, the Wearside outfit decided to terminate Ndong’s contract last month after he failed to report for training having failed to secure a summer move away, and the club revealed in a statement that as of October 8 he is no longer an employee of them.

BBC Football add that Sunderland will be entitled to a compensation payment when the Gabon international signs for a new team, and that will be a huge boost for Ross ahead of the January transfer window given his hands were tied for FFP reasons previously.

Why should he move for Maddison again?

It is certainly a bit of a mystery that the 25-year-old is still plying his trade in League One given just how good he has been for Peterborough, but it may have something to do with the fee they could be demanding for his services.

He has scored 42 goals and provided a further 64 assists – including three this season – 186 appearances for the Posh in all competitions, as per Transfermarkt, and he would add some real quality to a frontline that is already impressing in England’s third tier.

It is the sort of addition that would delight someone prolific like Josh Maja, and it would be a statement of intent that would almost certainly fire Sunderland to a top-two finish this term.