An enthralling battle for Norwich City star, James Maddison is already underway as reports claim that Leicester City is currently at the head of the hungry pack. The Foxes are about to let go of their influential midfielder Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, which has led them to plan on investing for the 21-year-old Championship player.
The Canaries are expected to demand £20m or higher for Maddison with interest in the midfielder rising with every passing day. He is already on the shortlist of every single elite Premier League side and is ready to be offloaded for restructuring plans at the Carrow Road.
Norwich have failed to make a run for promotion by finishing on 14th in the Championship last term. City’s Sporting Director, Stewart Webber is looking to move around the club’s assets to better fit their future requirements which is to bounce back to Premier League football. Daniel Farke is an able head but will need to plug a few gaps in the squad ranks before he can match the likes of the top-half sides.
Maddison will fetch them enough money to answer some of the obvious questions and could also be a prime addition to the Foxes squad. It all depends on where he gets to play under Claude Puel at the King Power Stadium.
Standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall, the Englishman is the full package for a player this young. Packed with top-pedigree talent, Maddison has the years in front of him to develop into a star on the grand European stage.
He won himself the 2017/18 Norwich Player Of The Season award and was also named in the Championship Team Of The Year. His heroics in his first season back at Carrow Road has captivated the fans and has left them wanting for more.
Maddison struck the back of the net 14 times and furthered 10 assists in his 43 total appearances. He showed us his playmaking prowess and the capacity to deliver inch-perfect balls when under pressure.
The youngster can hit a dead ball as well, as evident from his 90th-minute strike against Rangers during his 2016/17 season loan spell with Aberdeen. He can dribble his way out of tight spots with ease and draws comparisons to the Brazilian, Philippe Coutinho himself.
At Leicester, Puel implements a 4-4-1-1 style, which suits two strikers on the offensive end and two holding midfielders centrally. Mahrez has a very free flowing role on the right, which also carries the responsibilities of creating the team’s offence.
Maddison will have to make some adjustments to his game if he is not fielded in place of Shinji Okazaki, behind Jamie Vardy. All in all, he can be an astute addition to Puel’s squad and help them achieve glory in the next term.
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