James Maddison doesn’t want to go out on loan again and he wants to stay in Norfolk and fight for a place in the first team, Alex Neil revealed on Friday.
“James wants to remain here,” Neil told The Pink ‘Un
“He doesn`t want to go out on loan. I was saying to him it might be likely that he goes out and James tells me he doesn`t want to go out. I wouldn`t force a lad to go out against his will because he has to have that appetite to go and play but James feels he is improving here and his future lies here in terms of breaking into our first team.
“Now he understands at the moment there are certain players ahead of him but he is determined to work ever so hard to work his way into the team. That is good news. He will not go anywhere between now and Tuesday.”
That certainly is good news and good on James for wanting to try to get into the first team. I’ve only seen him live once, in the EFL Cup win over his old club, Coventry and he certainly played well that night.
The players ahead of him in the pecking order are probably Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard with Steven Naismith now starting to fit in on the left of midfield instead of behind the striker.
He’s a very promising young player and even if he gets the odd chance from the bench then he’ll be looking to grab that opportunity. He did of course play in League One last season, where skill and finesse are in short supply and a technical player like Maddison can be singled out for some rough treatment, the same thing happened to him in the SPL.
This is good news.