Former Coventry and Norwich City striker, Dion Dublin says that Norwich must resist the urge to cash in on James Maddison in the January window, with a view to attracting more players like him.
Maddison has lit up an otherwise indifferent season for the Canaries, scoring his sixth goal of the campaign against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday as well as recently make his England U21 debut and no doubt attracting the interest of the Premier League too.
“It is really difficult to hold onto players whose name is in the paper every week for doing something positive,” said Dublin, speaking exclusively to 888sport as reported by the Coventry Telegraph
“Clubs are always desperate for players who have an impact on games and if you are effective in a football match you will be wanted by other teams.
“At the moment Mads is absolutely flying and there will be offers. Norwich have to do the right thing for Norwich football club.
“It`s not about the money, it`s about moving forward and getting back into the Premier League.”
“Is it best to get rid of him for decent money or hold onto him and think ‘hold on a minute, we need more James Maddison s in our squad` and build the team around him? If you`ve got James Maddison then he will attract others of that quality,” he added.
“Players look at clubs and think ‘who have they got? Oh he`s there isn`t he?` If you`ve got no James Maddisons then it`s very hard to attract players of that same quality.”
This is sensible stuff from Dion BUT the club`s finances will no doubt dictate what happens. If there is any chance at all of keeping Maddison then we need to do that. He is a very special player and worth building a team around, along with Alex Pritchard.
Give the lad a pay rise, get him to sign a new deal and let him know how important he is to the team. Eventually he will leave Norwich, we all know that, but I`m keeping my fingers crossed that we can keep him for the rest of the season and maybe into next season.
If he keeps developing as he currently is, then he will become a very valuable asset for the club. The question for Stuart Webber and Steve Stone is whether to stick or twist?