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Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, via The Leicester Mercury, Stuart Pearce has urged James Maddison to stay put at Leicester amidst speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.
The former Norwich star has been lighting up the Premier League for the Foxes since his move from Carrow Road last season.
His debut campaign in the top-flight ended with him registering seven goals and seven assists, and he has continued that form into the opening few games of this season too with one goal and two assists already to his name.
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Despite reports suggesting United are continuing to monitor Maddison’s development in regards to a potential move, Pearce has claimed the midfielder would be better served staying at Leicester.
He said: “I think he’s an improving talent. From his point of view at this moment in time, he’s working with a wonderful manager in Brendan Rodgers. I think it’s perfect for him to stay at Leicester. I wouldn’t suggest that he leaves Leicester at the moment.
“He’s probably started the season as good and as strong as he has ever been as a footballer. For me, I think he’s got to stay put. Will he be an asset to other teams if he keeps improving? Yes, he will. But I think at this moment in time, for his sake, he’s better off at Leicester.”
Having already found it painstakingly difficult to tempt Harry Maguire away from the Foxes this summer, United are beginning to fully understand the situation at hand. No longer can the Red Devils simply cherry pick the best talent, and use their name and glamour to convince clubs to hand over their best players.
Perhaps even more worryingly than that however, is the notion that moving to United isn’t quite the step up in class it used to be. Whilst it is still early days in this Premier League season, Leicester find themselves above Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the table, and a victory over them on Saturday would see them extend the gap to six points after just five games played.
As things currently stand, it’s Leicester who truly look like they’re going places, whilst United find themselves stuck in this transition period. Pearce’s observation really puts things into perspective for the club.