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Cottee has got it wrong with comparison of Leicester new boy Maddison and Beckham

Cottee has got it wrong with comparison of Leicester new boy Maddison and Beckham

One of the standout signings and performers in the Premier League so far this season has been Leicester City’s James Maddison.

Maddison arrived at the King Power from Norwich City back in June and has impressed many with his displays including former Leicester striker Tony Cottee, who has gone on to make a massive comparison between the English youngster and an England legend.

The Breakdown

Speaking about Maddison on The Football Show, Maddison said (via the Leicester Mercury): “This lad has done brilliantly. I saw him at Norwich a lot last season. He’s a really good player.

“The one slight thing he hasn’t got is electric pace – but he’s got everything else. He reminds me of David Beckham. If you watch him play, he runs like Beckham, he takes free-kicks like Beckham. He’s got great vision, good passer of the ball.”

“He’s going to be a top, top player. I think he will be in the England squad come the next announcement.”

While Maddison definitely deserves to be in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad and can offer something the Three Lions are currently lacking, comparing the 21-year-old to Beckham is premature and quite odd.

The two are completely different players, while Maddison has yet to win a single cap for England showing how early it is in his development as a footballer.

It is comparisons such as the one above that adds unnecessary expectation and pressure on talented English youngsters, something that needs to stop starting with Maddison.

Rather, the Leicester playmaker should be left to develop into James Maddison and not David Beckham or any other former England player for that matter.

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