Manchester United fans, we know it’s been tough this season. Watching players like Jesse Lingard for a whole season is always tough, and the club’s 6th place finish sums up how poor the Red Devils have been.
However, with a summer rebuild now upon us it could easily be turned around, and all Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to do is inject some creativity and defensive stability.
Sorting out the shoddy back four may take a lot of time and money, but the creative issues at Old Trafford might actually have a quick fix: James Maddison. The Leicester City man has starred for the Foxes in his debut season in the top flight, bagging seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League, stats via Transfermarkt, and how they’d have loved him in Manchester last season.
When Maddison made the step up from Norwich City to Leicester it was a risky move by then Foxes gaffer Claude Puel, who was effectively splashing £20 million on an unproven Championship player. Puel may now have gone, but his decision to sign Maddison is set to make the Foxes a lot of money as Manchester United are prepared to part with £60m for the 22-year-old, according to The Daily Record.
That sounds pricey, but this is a midfielder who Duncan Castles has claimed can replace Paul Pogba, so our claims that he can outdo Lingard are hardly groundbreaking by comparison.
The stats speak for themselves. In a much stronger United side, Lingard has managed 17 goals and 12 assists in his 111 Premier League appearances. That is a pathetic lack of end product that Maddison looks set to smash by the time he reaches his 111th top flight game, all stats by Transfermarkt.
It’s not just Maddison’s goals and assists that make him deadly either, as the 22-year-old’s set-piece delivery is one of the best in the Premier League. We’ve seen him nail a few of his trademark free-kicks in the top flight too, and with Manchester United lacking anyone who can consistently test the goalkeeper from distance with a dead ball, it’s just another reason Maddison should be snapped up.