Southampton were extremely close to signing midfielder James Maddison from Norwich in 2018 before his move to Leicester City and considering his superb performances since then with the Foxes, it seems clear that the Saints massively missed out on him.
According to The Athletic, Maddison was at Staplewood training ground with the Saints having agreed a fee of more than £20 million with Norwich City for his signing, before Leicester City’s representatives swooped in for his signature.
During his time with the King Power Stadium outfit, he has made 96 appearances for the club, contributing 21 goals and 16 assists.
He also made his debut for England back in 2019 but is yet to make another appearance since the 7-0 win against Montenegro in November of that year.
However, it doesn’t seem as if it will be long until he is a regular in Gareth Southgate’s side, when you consider the superb way he has started the season for Leicester this season.
In 14 appearances in the Premier League, Maddison has contributed three goals and two assists, resulting in a very solid average rating of 6.96, whilst he has two goals and one assist in the Europa League, where he has averaged a superb 7.52 rating.
He has also seen his value soar during his time with the Foxes, with Transfermarkt currently valuing the 24-year-old at £49.5 million, suggesting the deal Southampton agreed in 2018 would’ve proved to be a bargain.
Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the midfielder after his assist in a win against Sheffield United last season, saying:
“There’s not too many players who can play the pass he (Maddison) made for the first goal.
“His touch and his through ball were sensational. Jamie doesn’t even need a touch, it comes right into his path and he does what he does best, it was a wonderful finish.
“Everyone sees the chances he creates. He finds space and can manipulate the ball and create chances for other players.”
Certainly, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side having failed to score in their last three fixtures in the Premier League, it could be argued they are missing a creative midfielder of Maddison’s ilk, and therefore they will obviously regret that Leicester were able to steal the march on them for the former Coventry City man back in 2018.