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Former Premier League player Matt Le Tissier has backed Tottenham Hotspur to make a move for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison (Soccer Saturday via HITC). The quotes from the Sky Sports pundit comes just weeks after the Foxes beat Spurs 2-1 in the Premier League, with Maddison scoring the winning goal.
The former Southampton man also labelled the 22-year-old as the perfect replacement for the potentially outgoing Christian Eriksen. The Dane has been linked with a move away from the club after he made comments in June saying he wanted to leave the club. (via Telegraph).
“He is someone who would be on the radar of somebody like Spurs, especially if they were to lose Christian Eriksen,” Le Tissier told Soccer Saturday (via HITC). “You would look at Maddison and you would see that as a pretty ideal replacement.”
A move for Maddison to replace Eriksen would be an incredibly good move from the club, given two things: the difference in age and the current form of the two players.
Difference in form
It’s clear for all to see that Eriksen’s mental state isn’t focused on helping Spurs this season, apparent by the appearances he’s made. The Denmark international has not started more than three games in a row this season (via TransferMarkt).
Former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton believes that Eriksen’s ‘head has been turned’ as a result of speculation surrounding his future (via Football Insider). It could be that manager Mauricio Pochettino is worried about including the midfielder due to worries over his mentality after a failed move away in the summer.
In stark contrast, Maddison is on fire at the King Power Stadium. The former Norwich City man has scored two goals and recorded two assists in just seven games in all competitions. His form has been so impressive that England manager Gareth Southgate called him up to the squad for the September internationals.
While Eriksen is 27 years of age, Maddison is still only 22 and could have many more years at the top echelons of football than his Danish counterpart.
Last season, Maddison averaged more dribbles and key passes per game than Eriksen (via WhoScored). If the playmaker can continue that form, then he would be an asset for the Lilywhites if he was to join next summer. He has shown he has the quality and time to match or exceed Eriksen and help Spurs win honours.
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