Is James Maddison the Signing of the Summer

Posted by samyomsan on September 5th, 2023


James Maddison has made an immediate impact at Tottenham since arriving, providing two assists on his debut against Brentford. Unfortunately, however, Maddison suffered a minor MCL strain but appears set to play against Bournemouth this Saturday.

He appeared on talkSPORT Breakfast and was asked whether the uncertainty around Harry Kane's future could have had any bearing on his decision to move to White Hart Lane. To this he responded with a smile.

1. Goals

Maddison scored ten Premier League goals last season but couldn't prevent Leicester from being relegated. Additionally, he represented England at the World Cup tournament held in Qatar.

He had been linked with Newcastle but now it appears Spurs are heavy favourites to sign him, according to reports. New Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou reportedly made him his number one target as part of their recruitment drive.

2. Assists

Maddison was an integral component of Leicester last season, yet found himself struggling to shoulder a larger creative responsibility as they fell further into relegation trouble.

Tottenham have made headlines recently by signing England international Kyle Walker for an estimated PS40million fee, beating off interest from Newcastle United in an efficient deal that stands in stark contrast to recent transfer sagas.

3. Goals Against

James Maddison is an ardently defensively adept player. His pinpoint accuracy allows for forward runners to break past opposing defences for easy runs downfield.

He was an important contributor for Leicester during their relegation battle, providing creative dynamism. Moving to Tottenham could provide him with a greater platform to succeed on.

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4. Assists Against

Maddison made an impressive first start for Tottenham on Saturday when he created two chances and executed eight crosses (two accurate). Additionally, Maddison has the potential to help his new side out of defensive woes as well.

Maddison represents amazing value at a PS40m fee in today's market; that sum represents considerably less than Manchester United would likely pay for Mason Mount.

5. Goals Against

Maddison quickly established himself as one of the Foxes' main attacking threats in just his first season with them, creating more chances than any player across Europe's top five leagues in 2016.

Maddison will present Spurs under Ange Postecoglou with an intense threat from outside of the box, drawing opponents in and increasing his chances of selection for senior England squad duty. This should help accelerate Maddison's development towards international glory.

6. Goals Against

Maddison's attacking prowess makes him a key threat in the final third, yet he also put in hard work off of it, with an average of 1.8 tackles per game last season.

Newcastle placed two bids for Maddison, but their offers fell below Leicester's valuation of PS60million. Spurs, however, appear as frontrunners as Daniel Levy looks set to open his wallet once more.

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7. Assists Against

Maddison provides the perfect link between holding midfielders and the forward line. Should Harry Kane remain, Maddison will enable him to operate as an outright number nine while also helping Son Heung-min adjust after his 2022/23 campaign.

The move is welcome relief from the often contentious transfer sagas that plague the Premier League.

8. Goals Against

Maddison excels when his team advances forward with the ball. He often plays line-breaking passes into fullbacks or Youri Tielemans to open space for forward runners.

Postecoglou's system revolves around his players running off him to attack the next goal - this is central to his strategy at Leicester where he serves as a creative hub.

9. Assists Against

After Leicester City were relegated to the Championship last season, speculation rose regarding James Maddison leaving. Maddison scored 10 goals and assisted nine times in the Premier League while being included in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Tottenham Hotspur outbid Newcastle United for English midfielder Harry Maguire, making this transfer possibly the greatest business deal of this summer's window so far.

10. Goals Against

Maddison may not have scored or assisted as many goals for Leicester in 2022-23 as Jack Grealish or Kevin De Bruyne did, but he still played an integral part in their goal-scoring. At Tottenham he will no longer need to lead their line and can focus solely on creating and scoring.

Ange Postecoglou has made Maddison his top signing since taking charge at Spurs, even outbidding Newcastle for his services.

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