When Noni Madueke left Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in 2018, nobody could’ve predicted his meteoric rise and now ultimately, it will leave Daniel Levy hurting with regret.
In the two-and-a-half seasons since his departure, the 19-year-old gem has emerged as one of England’s brightest prospects outside of the Premier League.
This season, in particular, has been a highlight as the teenage sensation has racked up 17 goal contributions (nine scored, eight assisted) in only 1,105 minutes of action, as per Transfermarkt.
As a result, his valuation has soared. Upon arrival, he was rated at just £540k but that figure now stands at £12.6m and will surely continue to rise alongside his phenomenal form.
His transformation has largely been down to former Red Devils rival Ruud van Nistelrooy, who believed his ability in one-on-one situations, combined with is speed, was far more suited to the wing than in the no.10 role. He’s certainly reaping the rewards now.
Madueke’s one goal contribution every 65 minutes is considerably clear of many options in his role, both at Spurs and on the international stage.
Take Sancho as an example, he’s arguably Gareth Southgate’s leading contender to start at right-wing in this summer’s European Championships – despite delivering an astonishing 12 goals and 16 assists for Dortmund this season, the former City starlet is only contributing a goal once every 89 minutes.
Jose Mourinho’s best option in the position appears to be Gareth Bale, who has scored ten goals and provided three assists. He is perhaps most comparable to Madueke given his lack of regular game time (1,280 minutes), but even then, he’s still some way off with one goal contribution every 98.5 minutes.
Former PSV midfielder Tommie van de Leegte waxed lyrical about the England prodigy to Dutch radio station Omroep Brabant last year, he said (via Goal.com): “He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions. That’s what PSV needs.”
As evident above, Levy should’ve done more to keep the kid in north London as by now, he could’ve been making such waves in the Premier League, and for a man who likes to make a pretty penny, that’ll be an even tougher pill to swallow.
The Spurs chairman may well forever regret losing out on Madueke.
AND in other news, Spurs could find the next Yaya Toure in £13.6m-rated prodigy…