Going into the new Premier League season, it was another summer for Leicester City where they lost one of their key players from the club’s 2015/16 title-winning team.
After initial interest back in January, Riyad Mahrez finally got his dream move to Premier League champions Manchester City, much to the disappointment of the Leicester supporters who have also had to witness the departures of N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea.
A certain young and talented English midfielder, however, is quickly helping the King Power faithful to get over the exit of their former Algerian winger.
Having fought off interest from Southampton, Leicester won the race for James Maddison after agreeing a £22m fee (via Sky Sports) with Norwich City for the 21-year-old back in June in a move that is starting to look like an absolute masterstroke from the 2016 Premier League champions.
Last season, Maddison was in incredible form at Carrow Road, scoring 14 goals in the Championship while assisting another eight on top, and the England U21 international has carried that sort of efficiency in the final third over to his new club.
At Leicester, Maddison already has four direct goal involvements in six Premier League appearances and, overall, has ensured Claude Puel’s men remain a dangerous side in attack even after the departure of Mahrez.
As the No.10 in the team, Maddison has constantly been picking up clever advanced positions on the pitch before playing defence-splitting through balls into his team-mates.
Playing between the lines, Maddison has looked like the sort of creative player in attack that England have been missing for years. Alongside the likes of Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, the Leicester playmaker could help the Three Lions progress even further as a team trying to play a more attractive and expansive brand of football under Gareth Southgate.
It is still early days and Maddison himself has played down his chances of getting an England call up based on a few good performances (via Sky Sports).
Going forward, however, the former Norwich man looks to be the answer for both his club and country.