James Maddison is top of the Championship Power Ranking Table for the season with just one match remaining.
Ahead of Sunday’s final game at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday, Madders currently has 112,296 points and heads the table.
His breakthrough season at Norwich has seen him score 14 goals and provide 8 assists. Stats that have brought him to the attention of the England U21 coach, Aidy Boothroyd. Maddison has gained his first caps and now looks as though he is a regular part of the set up.
He has, of course, been the star player for Norwich this season and without him, well, I’m not sure where we’d be.
Probably in a relegation scrap. He is the only Norwich player in the top 50 too.
In second place is Fulham’s 17-year-old wonder kid, Ryan Sessegnon, who has scored 15 goals from the left side of the pitch, where he has been used as either a winger or a full back. He also has 6 assists and 108,863 points.
In third, is Wolves’ Diogo Jota who has 18 goals and 107,627 points.
The fact that Maddison is the only Canary in the top 50 is deeply troubling for me and shows how disappointing the season has been and, how reliant we have been on Maddison.
It is though, another reason to add value to him for a club that are unlikely to be able to withstand serious offers of £20m+ for their star midfielder in the summer.
Coming on the back of being named in the Championship and EFL teams of the season, as well as winning the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy at the weekend, the accolades keep on coming for Madders.
To me, it feels as though his sale is inevitable and it’s hard to see a scenario that would keep him at Carrow Road for next season. Having said that, I don’t begrudge him a move. We all know that he is too good for the side as it currently stands and his attitude both on and off the pitch have impressed me time and again.
For example, the humble way he reacted to winning the player of the season award, along with his honest and engaging praise of Wes Hoolahan last Saturday seem to sum him up.
Wherever he ends up, good luck to him and I hope he goes as far as it’s possible to go in the game because he’s got stardust in his boots and he’s a nice bloke too.
You can check out the Top 50 Power Rankings Table at SkySports.com