According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur have added James Maddison to their list of targets as they look to find a replacement for Christian Eriksen amid growing concerns that the Dane could be out the door in the summer.
Eriksen’s contract with the north London club expires in summer 2020 and there may well be a number of clubs queuing up for the former Ajax man’s signature, including Real Madrid, as per The Mirror, should he fail to agree new terms at White Hart Lane.
Meanwhile, Maddison has been impressing in his first season in the Premier League and Spurs see him as a potential solution to their lack of homegrown players and the void to be left by Eriksen’s potential departure.
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Maddison has been playing as an orthodox No.10 for the Foxes or as a left-winger, where he can cut inside, as he creates chances for Jamie Vardy or drives at the defence himself.
Having chalked up five goals and four assists this season, the 22-year-old has been brilliant at times for Claude Puel’s side this term. Eriksen, meanwhile, has double the Englishman’s assist tally with eight – Maddison clearly has some way to go if he is to fill the Dane’s shoes but this is only his first season in the top flight having completed the £20m switch to the King Power Stadium in the summer.
There are similarities to be drawn between the two though; WhoScored lists Maddison‘s key passing, long-shots and set pieces as ‘very strong’, all three of which he shares with Eriksen. It’s unlikely the former would replicate the latter’s output straight off the bat, but anything is possible with a manager like Mauricio Pochettino in charge, who is renowned for his management of young talent.
Here’s how Spurs fans reacted to the reports, with many saying they should have made the move months ago…
No thnx. If there's any player I'd want from LCFC it'd be @vardy7 hands down. Maddison has a lot to learn yet & we don't have the time. Vardy would walk into our team & make us stronger immediately.
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— TSDSari (@TsdSari) February 7, 2019
Season too late , should of got him last summer .
— Jon (@JonWals17999618) February 7, 2019
Do either James or David cover as much ground as our machine Eriksen? Can you get them facts gents…
Replacing him would be a massive headache for Poch, but on the plus side the fee we would get will be good but then other clubs will take the biscuit….
— #Stac (@Stacey1882) February 7, 2019
No chance. If you go through his twitter history he doesn’t like spurs
— Bradley (@mrbradleygrant) February 7, 2019
Should have done it last summer, will cost too much now
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) February 6, 2019
Maddison and Chilwell are a must ! Break the bank for them both …
— Cos1882 (@CNK82) February 6, 2019
Great player but think we missed the party on this one. Leicester will look for a massive premium to even consider. Be more than Mahrez. Should’ve got in there before ten to two am.
— Gonshelf (@gonshelf) February 7, 2019
Not worth the money he would cost. Grealish has a larger potential in my opinion and would surely be available if villa don’t go up which looks unlikely.
— NickTHFC1981 (@Nick235Williams) February 6, 2019
No one is good enough to replace Christian. That’s the problem.
— Julian Gore (@JulianGore) February 7, 2019