This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Norwich City bought James Maddison from Coventry City for £2.39 million on the 1st February 2016, they probably could not imagine just what he would become.
Is Maddison the best player Norwich have had over the last five years?
The attacking midfield player was sent straight back on loan to the club that they bought him from, before being sent out on loan again, this time to Scotland with Aberdeen FC, according to Transfermarkt.
Maddison made his senior debut for the Canaries in the 2016/17 season, where he featured in four games in all competitions, scoring one goal and making two assists, as per the website.
By the end of that campaign, the 23-year old’s market value rose from £1.35 million to £1.8 million, but at this stage both figures were less than what NCFC paid for him.
However, it was arguably not until the 2017/18 campaign that Maddison truly made a name for himself. In 49 matches in all competitions, the Englishman netted a relatively impressive 15 times whilst also providing 11 assists (via Transfermarkt).
This reflected on his market value, where it increased to a peak £9 million during his time at Carrow Road.
Perhaps unfortunately for Norwich, Maddison signed for Premier League team Leicester City for a fairly hefty £22.5 million, a sum arguably hard to turn down for an EFL Championship side.
The number ultimately gave the Canaries a £20.11 million profit, a rather big one indeed, but they may have regrets for not holding on to him longer.
Maddison has managed 16 strikes and produced 10 assists in 73 appearances in all competitions at the King Power Stadium so far (per Transfermarkt).
He also got international recognition from his displays, making his senior debut for England under Gareth Southgate on the 14th November last year.
As a consequence of his performances, Maddison’s market value peaked at a staggering £54 million nearly a month later.
Based on this figure, and the fact that NCFC are currently struggling at the bottom of the top flight table on 21 points at the moment, six away from safety, perhaps it is arguable that the club may have regrets about not keeping him for just a bit longer.
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