Tottenham Hotspur’s stronghold on Christian Eriksen seems to be loosening. The Danish midfielder only has 18 months left on his contract and is unwilling to sign a new deal, reportedly (via AS) wanting a big move up to Real Madrid. According to reports (via the Express), Spurs want to bring in Leicester City’s breakthrough star James Maddison as his replacement in the summer.
The former Norwich City man’s enjoyed life in the Premier League, having scored five goals and assisting four times. He’s formed a menacing partnership with Jamie Vardy and his impressive work has caught Mauricio Pochettino’s eye.
Maddison could be a valuable addition to the Spurs team, as he ticks all the boxes when it comes to creating, scoring and playing for the team. The home-grown quota also works in his favour and the prospect of watching him develop under Mauricio Pochettino’s stewardship is certainly exciting. However, when comparing with a creative genius like Eriksen, he could be under pressure to produce similar goods consistently.
Maddison’s lost form slightly after his amazing start to the season and isn’t as influential like Eriksen. The Dane controls much of Spurs attacking moves, stitching together majestic passes every now and then as well as scoring crucial winners for them. That’s the difference in the two right now.
Maddison’s lack of European experience can also hurt Spurs while bringing him will probably force Dele Alli to play deeper in midfield. However, knowing Spurs’ habit of elevating promising talents, the Leicester star could revel in North London. Replacing the experienced Eriksen with him is definitely a risk, but knowing Maddison’s talent, it’s one worth taking.