James Maddison has said exactly what Leicester City fans wanted to hear after the Foxes reached the FA Cup final on Sunday.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s solitary strike, the Nigerian’s 15th of the season, was enough for Brendan Rodgers’ men to secure their progression at the expense of Southampton at Wembley Stadium.
Whilst he did not manage to impact the game, having two shots and getting neither of them on target according to WhoScored, the £110k per week midfielder, instead did his talking off the pitch with an Instagram post that stated he had “making up to do from now until the end of the season”.
Following his recent escapades, that is exactly what Foxes supporters will have wanted to hear.
After breaking those aforementioned guidelines, Maddison was hugely criticised and even dropped from Leicester’s squad in what was a crunch clash against West Ham United as both teams battled for a UEFA Champions League place.
The Foxes ended up being on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline, a result which could impact their chances of finishing in the top-four come the end of the campaign.
Whilst it would be naïve to suggest that Maddison would have been able to prevent that defeat on his own, he could well have impacted the game.
It was even more of a disappointment considering that the midfielder had been one of the stars of Leicester’s season thus far, having racked up 21 goal contributions in all competitions.
Previously praised as “honest” by Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, Maddison’s own admission will not be able to rectify the mistakes that he has made but his awareness of those huge errors and his need to correct them going forwards highlights maturity and ambition on his part.
That acceptance on his part will also allow the club to move on and galvanise themselves for the remainder of the campaign.
Heading into the final few months of the season then and eyeing an FA Cup final at the conclusion of the campaign, Maddison’s words are exactly what Leicester supporters want to hear.