Leicester City supporters have been somewhat quieter in recent times after seeing their side suffer defeat in the Premier League heading into the season’s first international break.
Claude Puel’s men went into their encounter with high-flying Liverpool off the back of successive victories over Wolves and Southampton, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. Yet they were unable to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Merseysiders as first half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino set the visitors on their way to all three points, as although Rachid Ghezzal got one back for the Foxes, it wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback from the home side.
Thus, there have been many downbeat Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from pundit Jamie Redknapp, who has used his recent column for The Daily Mail to suggest that James Maddison should be in the England squad.
And the former midfielder is absolutely spot on to suggest that, as it’s clear that the Three Lions are lacking a player of Maddison’s ilk in the middle of the park.
Yes, the 21-year-old may only be embarking upon his first season in the Premier League this term, but he has already proven in his first few games that he is at home in England’s top-flight, and looks set to play a key part in what success Leicester have going forward.
The attacker has bagged once and laid on one assist in four league games for the Foxes to help them to two victories, but as was evidenced in his display against Liverpool the other week, the Englishman always carries a threat when on the ball, and possesses the eye for a pass and vision that is seemingly missing in Gareth Southgate’s team.
Yes, one cannot knock England given their efforts in reaching the World Cup semi-finals during the summer, but it’s clear that greater quality is needed in the middle of the park if the former Middlesbrough boss is to take the country forward even further – Maddison can be that man.
He is someone who isn’t overawed by the occasion, as demonstrated by his very impressive debut against Manchester United last month, and appears to have all the traits to go on and become a top-quality attacker, both for Leicester and indeed England.
Thus, despite only playing a few games at Premier League level, Redknapp is absolutely spot on to suggest that the £19.8 million-rated Leicester ace (as per Transfermarkt) should be in the England senior squad.
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