Jacob Maddox’s season-long loan with Tranmere Rovers has been ended with immediate effect as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
The Chelsea midfielder will now return to Stamford Bridge after failing to make his mark at Prenton Park.
The twenty-one-year-old has not featured at all in the league with his only outings coming in the EFL Trophy.
Hopes were high for the schemer when he arrived on Birkenhead following a decent spell on loan at League Two Cheltenham last season which included an eye-catching display against Tranmere in January.
Maddox is highly regarded at the Premier League club having risen through their ranks. However, Tranmere boss Micky Mellon made it quite clear he felt he had better options in his squad than the youngster and that a return was the best outcome for all parties concerned when he spoke to the Echo. He said: ‘Jacob Maddox has gone back to Chelsea. He is not with us, and the reason for that is probably down to our opinion- which is up for everyone to argue with.’
‘We just feel that we have to be fair with people. If we don’t think that the opportunity is there, because we think we have got players who will give us a better chance of winning games in that area of the pitch, we will be fair to everyone and speak to them about that.’
‘At this time of the year, it’s only fair. You don’t want people hanging around if you don’t think they’re going to be involved in what you’re doing.’
A pretty damning verdict from Mellon on the youngster who will now have to have a good look at himself.
To be fair, some loans are just a bad fit, and this could be the case with Maddox who will no doubt be hoping he gets a better fit in January.
If not, his career could be at a crossroads in the summer.