Blues boss Gary Rowett has revealed he has spoken with the winger about a possible contract extension.
The 28-year-old has impressed since joining from Sheffield Wednesday and has not only become a fan favourite but he has emerged as a first choice winger. Maghoma’s existing deal runs until the summer of 2017 with a one-year option.
Here’s what Blues boss Gary Rowett had to say about a possible extension:
“He’s certainly one at the moment that we’d be looking to tie down onto a longer and more rewarding deal for him because his performances have deserved it,” Rowett said.
“It’s something I’ve spoken to him about and I think it’s something that all the players that we‘ve always tried to do it if you look in the summer – players that have done well we’ll always have a sit down and tell them where we see them.
“The process hasn’t necessarily started with the club yet, but it’s started in terms of my conversations with the players – which is always where it would start – and I would always be the first one to fight for the players to get them that reward.”
With five goals in 34 appearances (22 starts) only Jon Toral (6) and Clayton Donaldson (7) have scored more than Maghoma for Blues this season.
Rowett added after an up-and-down experience when he left Burton to sign for Sheffield Wednesday, he is impressed with his stand out form:
“We had good success with him at Burton, he very rightly got his Championship move and had an intermittent period with Sheffield Wednesday where he did some good things but then didn’t do as well as he’d possibly hoped for.
“That’s the type of player I like, someone that maybe you can just reignite and get the spark going again.
“When you look at Jacques, he’s strong, he’s quick, and he’s got great balance. “He can beat players, he can score goals, he can tackle, and he can defend.
“He’s got most of the attributes you’d look for in a top Championship player/lower end Premier League player. “He’s one that has done very well but I’m greedy and I still think there’s more to come from Jacques.
“I think he should be scoring ten goals a season and setting more goals up because I know he’s got that type of ability.”
Maghoma’s form is important at the moment and it has shown by him keeping out David Cotterill since his return from injury. Also the 4-3-3 formation seems to have suited Maghoma more than the likes of Cotterill and in the past, Demarai Gray. Regardless of where we finish there will be interest for a player who is in his prime. So with that in mind hats off to Rowett if he can secure a longer deal for the wide man.
What do you think, will Maghoma stay for longer at St Andrews?