According to a recent report by The Daily Mirror, Leicester City are close to tying James Maddison to a lucrative, long-term contract so that they can fend off interest from Manchester United this winter. The Foxes have lost a few of their star players like Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Harry Maguire in recent years so they cannot afford to continue being a selling club when Brendan Rodgers is doing such an excellent job in helping Leicester get back to the UEFA Champions League next year.
Maddison’s Outstanding Contributions In English Football
Maddison has emerged as one of the club’s most influential assets as he has taken up most of the creative workload in midfield. He has also scored some important goals for the East Midlands outfit so far this season.
The Coventry-born playmaker has played in 17 matches for the Foxes this term, netting seven goals while providing three assists across multiple competitions. He is averaging 2.8 shots, 2.5 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per match in the Premier League which goes to show how influential he has been for Rodgers’ side in recent months (stats via whoscored).
The ex-Norwich City talent has also secured one senior cap for Gareth Southgate’s England national side. If he can continue performing the way he has been doing for the past couple of years, then he should be guaranteed a place in the Three Lions squad for the Euros next summer.
What Makes The English Midfield Ace Such A Special Talent?
Maddison is deceptively quick and loves to take the opposition defenders on to create openings for others around him in the final third. He is not shy of putting in a tireless shift at the centre of the park. The England international has also shown that he can score and create goals consistently in the English top-flight.
Maddison Set To Pen Long-Term Deal At The King Power: Big Blow For Ole?
Hence, missing out on the Leicester rising star will be a massive blow for Ole Gunnar Solslkjaer as he is precisely the type of player who would have bolstered the overall quality of the Man United midfield. With Paul Pogba’s future uncertain at Old Trafford, the Red Devils are in dire need of recruiting a new creative midfield option in January.
In Maddison, they would have gotten the perfect package as he is young, English and has the potential to become one of the best players of his generation.
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