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Manchester United backed to make James Maddison move by former Leicester teammate

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Speaking on Goals on Sunday, former Leicester City ace Danny Simpson has backed “world-class” James Maddison to make a move to Manchester United in the future.

What did he say?

Maddison has enjoyed an impressive time with the Foxes since moving to the club from Norwich. So much so, recent reports had suggested the England U21 international is being lined up by United for a big-money transfer in January.

Now, Simpson has admitted he could see his former teammate easily make the grade at Old Trafford, and insisted he has all the attributes to fit right in.

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When asked whether he could see a potential move happening, Simpson said, as quoted by The Manchester Evening News: “Yeah. He, for me, is world class. I think people are speaking right now but honestly I think for an English player as well, honestly he’s world class and he’s only going to get better and better.

“He’s that good, honestly. Honestly, he’s got it all. He’s quick in his mind so I think he doesn’t need to have blistering pace running past people because he’s clever and he thinks before everyone else. He gets in them little pockets, gets into the right spaces, he’s kind of got eyes in the back of his head. The way he receives the ball and turns and puts defenders on the back foot.”

A much-needed signing

Even without the element of bias that comes with Simpson describing one of his former teammates, Maddison’s remarkable rise since his arrival in the Premier League is difficult to look past. The 22-year-old has taken to the top-flight like a duck to water, and has orchestrated the Leicester attack with consummate ease.

In his debut campaign in the Premier League last season, the attacking midfielder registered an impressive seven goals and seven assists. United are currently relying on the woefully out-of-form Jesse Lingard to provide the side’s cutting edge from the number ten role, and so a move for Maddison would address a real problem area for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

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Having someone who can knit together attacks and play a killer pass in the final third is so key for a team bursting at the seams with pace. He is perhaps the ideal signing for the Red Devils.

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