Leicester City supporters have been pretty disappointed in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side suffer their second Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend.
Claude Puel’s men went into their encounter with Liverpool off the back of successive league victories over Wolves and Southampton, alongside a 4-0 hammering of Fleetwood Town in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Yet they fell to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds on Saturday as first half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino set the visitors on their way to all three points, and although Rachid Ghezzal got one back for the Foxes after the break, it wasn’t enough to prevent Leicester from suffering a second defeat of the campaign.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Foxes supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who talked up James Maddison for his display against the Reds.
And the ex-midfielder was absolutely right to heap praise on the Foxes ace, who has made a very encouraging start to life in the Midlands following his move from Norwich City during the summer.
The 21-year-old excelled for the Canaries in the Championship last season in netting 14 goals and laying on eight assists for Daniel Farke’s side, thus earning him a £20 million move to Leicester during the close season.
Yet there were some doubts among a few supporters as to whether Maddison would be able to make the step up to the Premier League and have a similar effect to what he did last term, but his early season efforts, including against Liverpool on Saturday, suggest that Leicester have a gem.
The attacker has scored once and laid on an assist in his opening four Premier League matches to underline the influence he is having in that number ten role in Puel’s side, and Saturday was another indication of just how important he could be to the Foxes given much of what good the hosts produced came through the England Under-21 international – a fine Joe Gomez block denied him what would have been a much-deserved goal.
Yes, he didn’t always make the most of the good positions and opportunities he had when on the ball, but the fact that Klopp’s side got men round him very quickly underlined the respect they had for him, knowing that preventing the Leicester man pulling the strings was key to their success.
It was somewhat of a surprise to see Puel replace the attacker with Daniel Amartey for the final ten minutes, such had been Maddison’s influence on proceedings up until that point, but the 21-year-old produced another bright performance to suggest that he is going to be a key player for the Foxes this term.
As such, Sky Sports’ Redknapp was absolutely right to heap praise on the Englishman despite being on the losing side on Saturday.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!