He came with fanfare, described as a maverick. We had high hopes, but it just never got going.
There was definite excitement about Marcus Maddison arriving, a player who can be potentially the best in this league. But while the majority of January’s new recruits have made a positive impact, helping Bolton surge up the League Two table in recent months, Maddison was in and out of the squad, and barely got a start. When he was in the starting eleven on Saturday, he started 45 minutes.
And today, Bolton have allowed him go back to parent club Charlton Athletic. Maddison had spent the last few months living at the hotel, let’s not forget in the midst of a lockdown, and has struggled being away from his young daughter.
Ian Evatt told the club’s official site: “We would like to thank Marcus for his contribution during his time with us and he leaves with our full support. First and foremost, our priority is the well-being of all our staff and players, and Marcus’s best interests are paramount.
Sharon Brittan, not for the first time showing herself to be a class act, said. “Having spent some time with Marcus over the past couple of weeks, it became clear that he was in need of some additional support. Marcus is a lovely man who I really warmed to and we will ensure that he gets the correct support he needs.”
It’s fair to say Maddison never got going, from his admittedly incorrect sending off on his debut, to lasting 45 minutes at the weekend. If he is struggling off the pitch, that’s going to be big factor. Forget the football, he needs to be in a position where he can feel in a good place, and if that means leaving the club, then so be it. It’s also good that the club has seemed to offer support, although he’s technically no longer our player.