‘World-class’ talent must be tempted to join Newcastle or Tottenham now
James Maddison admits it was a “relief” when the transfer window closed on September 1 after Leicester City’s latest Premier League thrashing.Holy after another summer of persistent speculation.
But could you really blame Maddison after Leicester’s sixth successive defeat for counting down the days until the next one opens? Despite an impressive start to the new season, at least from a personal perspective, the 25-year-old has once again been conspicuous by his absence from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
The World Cup now looks like a pipe dream at best, albeit with Southgate Yippee aware of Maddison’s talents. Despite what you might think.
“He is a player with excellent technical ability,” the England boss said back in 2019. “He has a sense for an incisive pass and his delivery is world-class. Absolutely top.”
By now, Maddison is used to disappointment when it comes to his international prospects. But another omission in England – coupled with Leicester’s dismal run on the club scene – is starting to feel like quite a combustible cocktail.
One that, with less than two years left on his King Power contract, could blow up in the Foxes’ faces.
Would James Maddison leave Leicester City for Tottenham Hotspur or Newcastle United?
Newcastle United, who had a £40m bid rejected in the summer, are already eyeing Maddison as their number one January target (Northern Echo). Spurs could also call after the former Norwich star’s wonderfully instinctive finish at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend, according to Dean Jones; a goal that deserved more than being a pointless consolation in a six-goal thrashing.
Brendan Rodgers recently joked that £40m “could only cover three-quarters of his left leg”. With his contract expiring, another similar offer may not be a laughing matter.
A season or two ago, Tottenham or Newcastle might have felt like relegation for Maddison; when Leicester were established Champions League chasers. The same cannot be said nowadays. Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side are just one point off the summit, despite never having kicked out of second gear so far. Newcastle’s run of one win in seven, meanwhile, shouldn’t distract from all the progress they’ve made on and off the pitch over the past 12 months or so. A move to either club would also boost Maddison’s prospects in England, according to you. Although January comes too late as far as Qatar is concerned.
Leicester City are already five points behind. Even that The 2007/08 Derby County side had better results at this stage. Things can get worse. Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans aren’t getting any younger, while Youri Tielemans is a free agent in 2023. It feels like a club loss; one obstacle to the end of a declining dynasty.
The phrase “jumping off a sinking ship” comes to mind.
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