Leicester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday.
Claude Puel’s men went into their encounter with struggling Huddersfield Town having lost each of their past two league matches, going down to both Liverpool and Bournemouth to increase the pressure on manager Puel. Yet the Foxes produced a fine display at the King Power Stadium at the weekend as goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison, and Jamie Vardy saw them come from behind to win 3-1, in turn moving them up to ninth place in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many thrilled Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are looking back on the club’s decision to spend £22.5 million (as per Transfermarkt) on midfielder Maddison during the summer.
There were some anxious Leicester fans given the 21-year-old had never played in the top-flight before, but a few games into the season and several fine performances later, Puel’s summer judgement is looking increasingly like a masterstroke, with the Foxes certainly profiting from something of a gamble.
Ultimately, Maddison was always going to attract interest during the summer after excelling for Norwich City in the Championship last season, netting 14 goals and laying on eight assists in 44 league appearances for Daniel Farke’s side.
And with the Canaries failing to reach the play-offs and thus earn promotion, it always looked like the 21-year-old would leave, with Puel’s Leicester eventually splashing out £22.5 million (as per Transfermarkt) on the England Under-21 international, a move fraught with doubt given his lack of top tier experience.
And £22.5 million is hardly an insignificant sum of money either (albeit it is looking like a bargain more and more each day), especially given the owners backed Puel despite a rocky end to last season, but Maddison has so far proven that the Frenchman was right to lure him to the King Power Stadium.
Arguably, the 21-year-old has been one of the most impressive performers in the Premier League this season in scoring three goals and laying on one assist in six games for the Foxes, including a wonderful free-kick in their 3-1 success over Huddersfield on Saturday.
In fact, Maddison caused problems repeatedly at the weekend be it from open play or indeed set pieces to underline just how integral he has already become to this Leicester side, and with goals against Wolves and Bournemouth earlier this term, as well as an assist in the defeat to Liverpool, he has already proven capable of contributing in the final third, which was something a few weren’t overly sure about when he arrived.
And with calls from certain quarters for the 21-year-old to earn a senior England call-up next month, it’s clear that Maddison is doing something right at the King Power Stadium, and while credit must go to him for making a fast start to life at Leicester, manager Puel also deserves credit for bringing him to the club in the first place, and taking something of a gamble in doing so.
And with £22.5 million looking increasingly like a bargain, Puel’s judgement during the close season is very much looking like a masterstroke.
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