Leicester’s James Maddison and Southampton’s Danny Ings were both players to move this summer, but both in completely different stages in their careers.
Maddison was starting his career in England’s top flight, while Ings is trying to revive his after some troubling years.
Both are surely on the radar of the England team, 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 had a brilliant season in the Championship last year, registering 14 goals and eight assists for The Canaries and it was inevitable that he was on the way to greater things.
So far this season, he has made an equally impressive start to life in the Premier League, managing five goals and two assists for Leicester, and earned a call-up to Southgate’s England squad- although has not yet played for The Three Lions. He looks to be one of the brightest English talents out there, and has been a huge signing for The Foxes.
While he is still a presence at Leicester, his impact has abated somewhat throughout the season as he has been targeted as one of the main threats in blue. That is symptomatic of his ability, but it is up to him to raise his game again to not only knock on the door of the England team, but to keep Leicester improving.
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
Southampton signed Ings from Liverpool at the beginning of the season effectively for £20m, although it is subject to a convoluted loan deal over three years.
It was an opportunity for the one-cap England international to find a new lease of life, after his career at Anfield had been blighted by injury and an inability to compete with some huge names.
So far, this looks like it has been a good idea for both Southampton and Ings, as he has already made more Premier League appearances, 15, and scored more goals, seven, this season than he did in his entire Liverpool career.
At the age of 26, he still has a long future ahead of him, although it has been a career affected heavily by injuries, including some already this season. But under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, and the attacking philosophy he has, Ings could have a very successful time at St Mary’s and looks like the club’s best chance of ensuring survival in the Premier League.
TT Grade: B+
What is interesting about these two players is that they were both bought for the same price. However, Maddison was five years younger than Ings when he signed, at the age of 21. This, therefore makes it a much better investment for Leicester.
Furthermore, Ings arrived at Southampton with a huge amount of baggage regarding his past injuries, and that will always negatively affect the transfer.
Ultimately, while both players have proved to be good signings so far this season, it is the long-term potential of Maddison that gives him and Leicester the win.
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