In January 2018, Motherwell’s Chris Cadden reportedly attracted interest from Aberdeen according to the Daily Record. Also according to the Record, In the summer of 2017, Brighton and Hearts were after the Fir Park youth academy graduate. It’s now the summer of 2019 and Cadden’s future is murkier than ever.
There has been radio silence over his future, with his deal set to expire this month.
The Motherwell Times have reported the Fir Park side have tabled him a new contract offer. Even if he leaves the club, the report claims the Well are due a £400,000 development fee.
Cadden will no doubt be taking time to contemplate his options, but what exactly is his situation going to be in the coming weeks?
Cadden’s going to have to make a decision soon
Motherwell are due back for pre-season on the 17th of June. At the time of this being published, that is just over a week until the Well playing staff are due back. Despite this, neither player or club have said a thing.
It’s hard to tell what options he has now, such has been the silence surrounding his situation. Would a Hearts or an Aberdeen still be interested in the winger?
One thing is for sure, and that’s that Brighton won’t be interested anymore. Cadden’s been okay since the summer of 2017, but hasn’t done anything particularly special. This season was disrupted with injury, but he made a decent enough return towards the end of the campaign. He probably hasn’t got the ability to play Premier League football though.
Out of Hearts and Aberdeen then, two teams with previous reported interest, it’s likely Hearts would be the better fit. Aberdeen have decent depth out on the flanks. The Jambos, however, have no natural right wingers at the club.
A strong powerful runner, Hearts’ strategy of getting balls into the box whenever they can could work for Cadden. He loves to power down the line at Fir Park and whip in a delivery, something which Hearts haven’t really had on the right.
Alternatively, he could pen that new deal at Fir Park. Given he only just got back into the squad, signing a two-year deal for example would ensure regular game time this season.
The additional year could still see him move on next summer, however, it’ll bag the Well more than the £400,000 development fee they’d get this summer if he were to leave.
Cadden’s situation is an interesting one and it’ll be intriguing to see where he ends up. He needs to make decision on his future soon though, as any offers he has will slowly fall off the table.