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James Maddison the man to prompt Dele Alli to be even better at Tottenham

James Maddison the man to prompt Dele Alli to be even better at Tottenham

According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Tottenham are interested in a move for attacker James Maddison. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Premier League side Leicester City and has done so since leaving Norwich City last year, with his fine start to life in the top-flight seemingly attracting the interest of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

And that’s because a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that the North Londoners are eyeing up a move for the Englishman in preparation for the possible exit of Christian Eriksen – and were Maddison to indeed make the move to Tottenham, he could be the man to make Dele Alli even better.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, 22-year-old Alli has undertaken a quite sensational rise ever since making the move to Spurs back in January 2015, what with the young midfielder going from a League One regular at MK Dons to one of the most effective attacking players in the Premier League, and indeed for England.

And that’s because the 22-year-old has bagged 53 goals and laid on 45 assists in only 171 appearances for Spurs in the last few years, 42 goals and 30 assists of which have come in the Premier League to help Pochettino’s men become one of the best teams in England – clearly, Alli has played a key part in their ascent.

And with seven goals and four assists in all competitions this time round prior to suffering an injury against Fulham last month, the midfielder looked set for another fine campaign for Spurs in that advanced central role – a role Maddison has also made his own at Leicester this season.

And given the ability the Foxes ace has in the final third of the field, a move to Spurs would not only give them a possible replacement for Eriksen, but it could go some way to making Alli even better given he’d have someone breathing down his neck in pursuit of that attacking midfield position.

Ultimately, 22-year-old Maddison has been an absolute revelation since making the move to Leicester last summer, what with the attacker since then netting five goals and laying on four assists in just 23 Premier League games for Claude Puel’s side – only Jamie Vardy (ten) has directly contributed more in the league than his compatriot.

And his impressive start to life in the Premier League is very much comparable to how well Alli did upon his first few months in the top tier, and with Maddison certainly possessing the attacking quality needed to succeed in the top-flight, he’s a player that could seriously push Alli for that role in Pochettino’s team.

And that could be exactly what Alli needs to reach an even higher level in times to come, as failure to continuously deliver in that position, as he did for a time last season in a testing run of form, could see him come under pressure from the 22-year-old – in fact, it wouldn’t necessarily just be at Tottenham in which they would be battling for position, it could be for England as well.

As such, not only would Maddison’s arrival go some way to minimising the impact of Eriksen’s possible Spurs departure, but he could be the man to make Alli even better at the Premier League title contenders.

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