Manchester United will swoop for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison in January, according to The Mirror.
It is now understood, per The Mirror’s report, that United will try and prize Harry Maguire’s ex-teammate away from the East Midlands in January, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to continue the rebuild of his new-look squad.
Maddison has started this season promisingly, assisting two goals in his first three league games for Leicester, and is rapidly becoming one of the best playmakers in the English top-flight.
Indeed, throughout the Foxes’ opening three games, Maddison has averaged 3.3 shots on goal per game; 3.7 successful dribbles and 2.3 key passes, showing just how influential he is to Brendan Rodgers’ side. When comparing those statistics to those of United’s current squad, the former Norwich ace would rank first in every metric if he were a United player other than key passes, for which he’d finish second to Ashley Young (5 to 2.3).
United currently have Jesse Lingard playing in the No.10 role behind the striker; a player who has so far come up significantly short against Maddison in almost every aspect of the pitch this season.
Lingard is yet to register a single shot on goal throughout his opening three league games for United this term, alongside completing just 1.3 successful dribbles per match and 0.7 key passes, per WhoScored.
Maddison is also four years younger than Lingard, and looks to be a much better alternative to the England international as things stand.
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