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Spurs: James Maddison can be Christian Eriksen 2.0

Tottenham Hotspur are now being linked with one of England’s most exciting talents…

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Of the Lilywhites’ reported major targets, Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is listed as a player having been monitored by the north London outfit.

With Newcastle United notoriously keen on the 26-year-old, Football Insider revealed earlier this month that the Foxes would demand a fee of £60m to see him leave.

Therefore, Fabio Paratici will have to fork out if he thinks Maddison could be key to reaching the next level.

Next Eriksen

A creative midfield presence with unrivalled ability over a dead ball at Spurs three years ago would have been describing Christian Eriksen, but it now could be describing a new man.

There is a reason why he is currently commanding such a high fee, given his consistently outstanding performances for a struggling Foxes side.

In his debut season at the King Power, he would record seven goals and seven assists and has delivered at least similar numbers for every season following.

He would peak last season, as he recorded 12 goals and eight assists in the league, yet having already recorded 11 goal contributions this season he could be set to surpass even that; a feat Gary Lineker labelled “extraordinary”.

What makes him even more of a maverick is the fact that his deliveries from free kicks and corners are incredibly deadly, and given Antonio Conte’s fascination with his set pieces, Maddison could be a key figure. He also has eight free-kick goals in the league too.

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He has more than earned the title of “the genius, magician” that sports presenter Rob Butler once labelled him, where he ranks in the top 1% for total shots and the top 2% for assists.

In what was arguably the peak of his powers for Spurs, during the 2016/17 season, he recorded a 7.46 average rating on his way to scoring eight and assisting a mammoth 15 times (via Sofascore).

He truly was a creative powerhouse, but there is no reason to suggest Maddison cannot replicate this should he take the step up to join Conte’s revolution.