James Maddison will be a hit at Aberdeen, says Norwich City team mate Steven Naismith
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James Maddison will be a big hit in the Scottish Premiership at Aberdeen - according to his Norwich City club mate Steven Naismith.
Maddison completed a short-term loan move to the Dons until January 4 in the closing hours of Wendesday's transfer window.
Naismith was involved in his own deadline day saga, following talks involving his representative over a proposed move to Premier League Sunderland, but the former Kilmarnock and Rangers' playmaker is confident Maddison can cut it at Pittodrie.
'James is very good and has all the attributes,' he said, speaking to the Aberdeen Evening Express. 'He is an attacking midfielder who likes to play football, playing give and go and finding through balls. James has fantastic feet and will always be in the box trying to sniff out a chance as well.
'The only thing is the amount of games James has played. James signed for us last January but he only really came into the squad in the summer. He has played for Coventry but he is still really young and maybe slightly naïve. He is a very good prospect who maybe just needs more first team football to get that experience.'
Maddison is promising to excite the Aberdeen fans.
'I would like to think I am an attacking midfielder who can bring creativeness to the team, bring assists and goals and an attacking threat,' he said. 'I like to play in the number 10 shirt but am also happy to play off a side or a bit deeper if I am needed. I am a player who likes to get fans off their seats. I like to bring some attacking flair to the team.'
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Dons' chief Derek McInnes is backing Maddison to make his mark.
'He is very good technically, he can make the difference in a tight game and is someone who I really hope will enjoy himself here,' he told Aberdeen's official site. 'He is a player who has had a lot expected of him from a young age. He has handled all of that. He got his move to Norwich at a young age and is someone who is very capable, very confident of his own work because he is a good footballer and he backs himself.'