Leicester City supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer an 11th Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend.
Claude Puel’s men went into their meeting with Manchester United on Sunday off the back of a fine recent record against the division’s top six sides, having beaten Manchester City and Chelsea this season as well as drawing against Liverpool at the rear end of January. Yet the Foxes weren’t able to keep that fine record going as a Marcus Rashford strike after just nine minutes was enough to seal a narrow 1-0 success for the Red Devils, thus instigating Leicester’s fall to 11th place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many despondent Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, with Puel’s decision to replace attacker James Maddison after 62 minutes on Sunday one that didn’t go down too well among Foxes supporters in the ground.
And that’s because the Englishman has proven to be an excellent signing for the Midlanders this season following his move from Norwich City in the summer, with Puel’s £22.5 million capture (as per Transfermarkt) of the 22-year-old looking more and more like a steal.
Ultimately, Puel’s first summer transfer window in charge of Leicester last year gave the Frenchman the opportunity to mould a squad in his own image, with Maddison one of several additions brought in by the former Southampton boss in a bid to do just that.
And while many of them in the form of Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira have done well since moving to the King Power Stadium, none have been quite as effective as 22-year-old Maddison, who has proven in his first six months of Premier League football that not only is he a star for the future, but he’s one for the present as well.
It didn’t take the attacker long to get into his groove at the Midlands outfit given he netted on his home debut in victory over Wolves back in August, which thus paved the way for two more goals and two assists in his succeeding five Premier League matches – any doubts about his suitability to the top-flight were quickly banished.
And while he didn’t cover himself in glory with a red card for diving against Brighton back in November, he hit back admirably with goals in each of his next two Premier League matches against Watford and Fulham, before providing the assist for Jamie Vardy to net in their 1-0 win over Chelsea just before Christmas – clearly, there’s a reason Tottenham have been linked with him in recent times (as per The Daily Mirror).
Ultimately, Maddison has become a hugely integral member of the squad at the King Power Stadium under Puel, with his impressive efforts for the Foxes earning him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad back in October, albeit he didn’t feature for the Three Lions against either Spain or Croatia.
Nonetheless, the sheer fact that, six months on from shining in the Championship, the 22-year-old is in the England reckoning underlines his huge rise in the last 12 months or so, with that £22.5 million fee paid to Norwich for his services in the summer looking more and more like a steal with every passing day.
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