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Tottenham must be ready for possible Christian Eriksen exit by landing Leicester’s James Maddison

Tottenham must be ready for possible Christian Eriksen exit by landing Leicester’s James Maddison

According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, Christian Eriksen’s future at Tottenham is far from certain. The Denmark international has been at the Premier League outfit ever since leaving Dutch giants Ajax back in 2013, in which time he has become one of Spurs’ most important and influential players, and indeed one of the best in the English top-flight.

However, reports suggest that an agreement between the club and the 26-year-old over a new contract remains some way away to call into question Eriksen’s future, what with his current deal up in the summer of 2020, which is why Mauricio Pochettino’s side must be prepared for his possible exit by sealing a deal for Leicester City’s James Maddison.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, it cannot be understated just how impressive Eriksen has been in a Tottenham shirt following his move from Ajax back in 2013, with the 26-year-old going on to score 62 goals and lay on 78 assists in 251 appearances for the club, equating to a direct contribution every 144 minutes of action.

Significantly, a lot of what good Spurs do and produce in the final third comes through the Danish star whether that’s from open-play or indeed set pieces, which is why penning him down to a new deal in the immediate future is vital for Pochettino in a bid to keep improving and developing this Tottenham team – they simply cannot afford to lose their best players.

However, were that to happen, what with Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly circling, Spurs have to be ready, which is why they must seek to make a move for Leicester’s Maddison, valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt.

The 22-year-old only made the move to the King Power Stadium during the summer after mightily impressing at Championship side Norwich City last time round, and he has certainly made a big impact in the Midlands this term to suggest that he has a very bright future in the game.

The attacker has netted five times and laid on three assists in just 19 Premier League appearances for Claude Puel’s side to help them to seventh place in the table, in which time he also earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad back in October to underline just how meteoric his rise has been.

And with plenty of impressive displays for the Foxes this term, be it showcasing his quality in the number ten role or indeed over free kicks within striking distance, the 22-year-old appears to have all the hallmarks of an excellent Premier League attacker – much like Eriksen did when he first made the move to Spurs back in 2013.

And given Pochettino’s recent track-record of nurturing and improving young players into stars, with the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Eric Dier perhaps the most obvious examples at Tottenham, there’s no reason why Maddison wouldn’t become an even better player under the Argentine’s guidance – and given how good he is now, that is a frightening prospect for other Premier League clubs.

Thus, while Spurs fans won’t want to entertain the idea of losing Eriksen, their side have to be ready in case that does indeed come to fruition, with Leicester’s Maddison the man they must target.

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