Manchester United received a potential transfer blow recent as Brendan Rodgers claimed James Maddison won’t be leaving the club in January: “James is a very talented player and he will be here in January and beyond.”
Of course, the 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a transfer to Old Trafford but it seems that, at this current moment at least, that deal is looking unlikely.
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Still, the Red Devils could yet manage to scoop their target in the future.
In order to reveal why Maddison gathered so much attention and what United supporters can expect from a potential future signing, we sought the opinions of those who know him best.
Here’s what they had to say…
It was actually Southgate who gave the 23-year-old playmaker his official debut for the Three Lions when Maddison made an appearance against Montenegro in November last year.
And in the press conference prior to the clash, the gaffer was full of praise for his young player.
Here’s what he said, as quoted by OneFootball:
“He’s a player of outstanding technical ability. He has an eye for an incisive pass, his set-play delivery is world-class – absolutely top.
“With his club now he is in a position as a number eight that he’s really learning more and more about work off the ball.”
If anyone knows what kind of a player Maddison truly is, then that’s his current coach.
The thing that he emphasised is the fact that the 23-year-old is already a big-game player, while he suggested he is massively improving his defensive output as well, comparing him to the likes of Jordan Henderson in the process.
Here’s what he said, as quoted by TribalFootball:
“If you look at his numbers this season, in terms of the goals he has scored and created, he has shown he is a big-game player. He has scored goals against Liverpool, against Tottenham, against Arsenal.
“The bit I have been really pleased with is the bit people may look at and think he is not so good as to be a No 8, which is the defensive side.
“That wouldn’t be the case now. That is the area I have highlighted since coming here, that if he is to play in that position, he needs to be really good at his pressing, intercepting, blocking.
“I’m not massively into stats but when you look into the numbers around that side of his game, he is up nearly 50 per cent in how he presses the game, the number of interceptions he gets, and blocks
“If you rank him against other players in that position, that puts him alongside the likes of Jordan Henderson. You would never say that with the naked eye.”
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Holloway spoke highly of Maddison when he appeared on the EFL Highlights Show on Quest.
The loss of Maddison was a tough blow for the Canaries and Holloway alluded to that with his verdict on Maddison in 2018.
Here’s what he said on air, as quoted by Eastern Daily Press:
“They’ve lost a kid that’s a genius in James Maddison and you just can’t replace that, the kid is fantastic, a wonderful footballer. I think he should be likened to Dele Alli but in his own style, Dele has been a sensation at Tottenham.”
There’s no denying that Maddison has the potential and ability to become an exceptional player in the Premier League.
At the moment, it’s unclear whether Man United actually have what it takes to snatch him from the Foxes but it’s easy to understand why they’re expressing such a keen interest.
Needless to say, the signing of the Leicester playmaker would be a major scoop for them.