Former Southampton target James Maddison shone for Leicester City in their narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Monday night, and Saints fans were quick to react his display on Twitter.
Sky Sports reported in June 2018 that both the south coast outfit and the Foxes had agreed a fee with Norwich City for the playmaker, but the Midlands-born star opted to move to the King Power Stadium in the end.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at this level, scoring seven goals and providing a further seven assists in 35 Premier League outings.
He was once again an impressive performer against the English top flight holders on Bank Holiday Monday, in what was a strong display on the road from Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Southampton ended up signing Stuart Armstrong from Celtic last summer – who was presumably the alternative option given his preferred attacking midfield position – but it has been a tough campaign for the Scot.
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The 27-year-old has netted three times and laid on two assists in 29 Premier League matches, with all of those goals coming in the space of a week towards the end of 2018.
Saints supporters took to social media to have their say on Maddison’s showing, and while one said “and we got Armstrong”, another described missing out on him as “so frustrating” following another standout performance.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
James maddison is going to be a very, very good player. Frustrating for #SaintsFC fans no doubt.
— Ralph's Revolution (@saintbannerman) May 6, 2019
So frustrating we came so close to getting him.
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) May 6, 2019
Very good player already, if he continues to improve he’s going to be one of the best!
— Saints FC Podcast (@SaintsFCPodcast) May 6, 2019
He already is I’d say.
— DTagg64 (@DTagg64) May 6, 2019
Yeah, and we got Armstrong 😂😂😂😂
— Marc Higgins (@MarcTR4) May 7, 2019
Needs to stop falling over everything he loses the ball though… Some are genuine fouls but some are pathetic dives which aren’t called for, admittedly he isn’t the only player to do it but he needs to cut it out
— Charlie Tre-Vett (@charlie_bear86) May 6, 2019