Maddison could be Spurs’ no.10 for years to come
Is James Maddison the best England player right now not to have earned a single cap for the senior side? Most probably. The Leicester star has taken his game up a level since arriving from Norwich City and as one of the most gifted attacking midfielders in the Premier League, it remains a mystery why Gareth Southgate hasn’t yet called him up. Despite his lack of international recognition, Maddison is one of the most highly sought-after players in English football, and if reports are to be believed, he could well be gracing the Champions League next season with a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.
According to Football Insider, Spurs have made an approach to sign the 22-year-old and have been told it could take up to £60m to prise him away from the King Power Stadium this summer. In his debut season in the top-flight, Maddison registered seven goals and seven assists in 36 league games, and struck up a superb understanding with Jamie Vardy. Indeed, after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager, the Englishman seemed to take his game up a level and it’s little surprise to see him being linked with a host of clubs.
Valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, Maddison was even dubbed as the ‘next Dele Alli’ after bursting onto the scene at Coventry, and it was reported in 2016 that Spurs were very much interested in bringing the midfielder to north London, but that a move failed to materialise.
But with Christian Eriksen (according to Jaime Astrain of El Chiringuito via the Mirror) edging ever closer to the exit door, Maddison could be the ready-made replacement for the Danish playmaker. Someone with that ability to unlock packed defences with a cute pass but also with that eye for goal, the Leicester man has proven already he can cut it at Premier League level, and would no doubt relish the prospect of taking another step up with Spurs.
With Pochettino’s young core coming to the fore this season with a Champions League final to look forward to on Saturday, Maddison would seamlessly fit into the Lilywhites’ set-up. His mentality of constantly wanting to improve, the rise from lower league football like Alli, and that desire to work hard off the ball, are all things that the Spurs’ manager would enjoy working with.
Whilst trying to lure him away from the clutches of Leicester might take some doing, Spurs are in a glorious position to capitalise on what has been one of their best seasons in history. Convincing someone like Maddison to join will never be easier than what it could be this summer. And having already missed out on his signature before, Spurs will be left to rue it once more if they can’t finally get the job done now.
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