Tottenham Hotspur appear to have missed out on their own Jadon Sancho with one of their former academy stars now performing substantially well elsewhere.
In 2018, U16s captain Noni Madueke swapped north London for Eindhoven and his career has come on leaps and bounds since.
The versatile 18-year-old forward made his debut at U18 level aged just 15, which only goes to show his undeniable ability yet Spurs were never able to keep hold of him – very much in the same way Manchester City failed to keep hold of Sancho.
Now look at the pair of them.
Whilst Madueke isn’t on the same level as his fellow Englishman just yet, the signs are there. Daniel Levy may well forever regret not trying to keep him around at all costs…
Over in Holland, Madueke is enjoying a breakthrough season at PSV.
He has provided four goals and four assists in all competitions this term, per Transfermarkt, and that’s despite only featuring for a total of 490 minutes. It means he’s averaged a goal contribution every 61 minutes.
PSV boss Roger Schmidt has reverted to playing two up top, which has meant the winger has had to transform into a central forward, something he appears to have done with relative ease.
The manager told De Telegraaf (via Goal): “I’m not surprised. He already scored a lot of goals in training. He feels comfortable up front and doesn’t have to be a winger. Noni’s timing is often very good and he has a good feeling for free space. I’m also very happy with his mentality. He is a good fighter and is capable of reading the situation.”
Whilst former midfielder of the Dutch giants, Tommie van de Leegte, believes he’s what the club “needs” – speaking to Omroep Brabant (via Goal), he said: “He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions.”
Madueke left Spurs in pursuit of a quicker route to the first-team and it’s certainly paid off. Sancho’s meteoric rise at Dortmund will have acted as a major source of encouragement too.
Levy has not just missed out on a generational talent, but someone he could have made a ton of profit from. Instead, his exit looks like a woeful piece of business from the north London outfit.
AND in other news, Levy could repeat his Bale masterstroke with “special” £63m-rated beast…