James Maddison and Ross Barkley are two players that England manager Gareth Southgate appears to look favourably upon.
However, at the beginning of the season each player seemed to be at different points of their careers; one was on an upwards trajectory, while one seemed a bit lost.
Both players are very similar, so let’s compare these two transfers…
Leicester signed Maddison from Norwich in the summer for £20m, in what was some very good business for The Foxes.
The midfielder registered 14 goals and eight assists for The Canaries last season in the Championship and it was inevitable that he was on the way to greater things.
So far this season, he has managed three goals and two assists for Leicester, and earned a call-up to Southgate’s England squad. He looks to be one of the brightest English talents out there, and has been a huge signing for The Foxes.
However, it seems very unlikely that Leicester should be able to keep hold of the midfielder, with a host of Premier League clubs showing a great interest in the youngster. Nonetheless, that does not take away from how good this signing has been already and will prove to be.
TT Grade: A+
Chelsea offered Everton midfielder Barkley a chance to revive his career in January 2018 by signing him for £15m.
His relationship with The Toffees had turned sour and he needed a way out of the club, and fast.
The combination of injuries and poor form limited Barkley to only two Premier League games last season, as the move looked to be a disaster. But he has turned it around this season under new manager Maurizio Sarri, which has even led to being recalled to the England squad.
At 24-years-old, Barkley has the potential to have a very successful career at Stamford Bridge, and is on his way to proving that.
TT Grade: A-
While both Maddison and Barkley are excellent players, and are great signings, there are just a few factors that mean Maddison wins this.
Firstly, Maddison is younger than Barkley and was younger when he signed for this club. That means that he has a longer future at Leicester, although it is unlikely that he will remain there.
While Maddison was more expensive, he was only marginally, which makes that factor fairly obsolete in this battle.
The determining factor is that Maddison will make a much greater impact at Leicester. That isn’t necessarily saying he is the better player- that is a different debate- but it is undeniable that he has a greater say in Leicester’s season that Barkley does with Chelsea’s. With the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho playing for The Blues, that is just a fact.
Furthermore, Leicester have the opportunity of making a lot of money from selling on Maddison, something that Chelsea may not have the luxury of.
It is for those reasons that Maddison wins this battle.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!