Is James Maddison the Signing of the Summer?

Posted by samyomsan on September 5th, 2023


James Maddison was an incredible presence for Leicester City last season, helping lead them all the way to FA Cup glory before their eventual relegation. The former Norwich man scored 10 league goals and nine assists while also ranking amongst Premier League top players for key passes.

1. He’s a top player

Maddison possesses the ability to breach defences, something Spurs have been looking for since Christian Eriksen left in 2020. He can pick out spaces between opponents where opponents fear to step and often finds himself passing it onto Vardy, Barnes or Perez for them to run onto it.

De Bruyne stands out with his long range shooting ability - an ability many players lack but that could prove instrumental to Spurs' attacking prowess this season. Only Kane, De Bruyne and Son have contributed more goals from outside the penalty area this year than De Bruyne has!

Maddison was also instrumental in Leicester's counterattacking last season, his quick distribution and quality passes into channels enabling Vardy, Barnes, and Perez to score nine goals on breakaways thanks to Maddison.

2. He’s a great fit

James Maddison was an integral player for Leicester last season despite them being relegated, and will likely play a significant role for Tottenham this season as they look to compete in this Premier League season. Maddison can carry most of Tottenham's open play shot-ending sequences (like he did for Leicester), making his presence essential if Tottenham are to have any chance at competing successfully in 2019.

Thiago, Kimmich and Kroos may be better passers of the ball; however, his strengths lie more in pinging passes over the top or finding space between defence and midfield for forward progression. He's also extremely effective at delivering crosses from dead balls which will play an integral part of Spurs' game plan; effectively making him their 'No 6/8/10 all in one' player - something they could benefit greatly from having in their ranks.

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3. He’s a great value

Maddison's arrival at Tottenham was both economical and efficient, taking place without much attention from media or fans alike. His transfer was handled efficiently without creating unnecessary media attention - something which stands in stark contrast to Declan Rice's uncertain future or constant speculation on it. It's refreshing.

Maddison can often be forgotten as an unpopular figure, particularly during Leicester City's disastrous 2022-23 campaign where he attempted to pull them out single-handedly from an ever-deepening hole. Yet Maddison has shown himself back to being his old self in early stages of his Spurs career.

Fans who criticize Maddison may argue that United is overpaying him, but those fans should remember his proven track record and no transition period required - two benefits hard for any other club to justify.

4. He’s a great signing

Maddison is an excellent acquisition that will help Tottenham rediscover their attacking identity. With his ability to score stunning goals, Maddison gives Spurs much-needed momentum in attack.

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Last season for Leicester, 26-year-old Ben Chilwell created more chances than any other player across all five leagues combined. As a proven goal threat and one of Tottenham's mainstays once he settles into their starting XI.

Daniel Levy has shown an interest in signing Maddison since he was 18 and it's clear that the club's hierarchy believe he can fit seamlessly into Postecoglou's new style of play. While Chelsea have several box-to-box players such as Pierre Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Yves Bissouma in midfield roles - none known for their attacking potential; Maddison's number 10 role or even second striker position could help make up this shortcoming if given enough playing time.

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