In a recent media segment with talkSPORT, Ally McCoist has urged Leicester City ace James Maddison to join Newcastle United this summer. McCoist said,
“You look at Jack Grealish going for £100million, you’d probably say Maddison would be a steal at £50million.
“Maybe about £65million, £70million which is incredible.
“Where I disagree with the boys, certainly Benty [Darren Bent], I wouldn’t have it down as a backwards step going to Newcastle.
“I know what we’re saying, certainly Leicester have had injuries, but is there any real intent from Leicester? Has Brendan been allowed to go and say ‘right, here’s what I’m going to do, here are my plans for next season, next couple of seasons. I’m going to bring two or three in and we’re going to be off and running again’.
“I’ve not seen that at Leicester. That’s the one thing that will happen at Newcastle. There’s no doubt that will happen.”
Maddison’s Impressive Season At The King Power Stadium
Maddison had a productive campaign at the East Midlands club as he continued to perform at a high level for them in the final third. The English sensation registered 18 goals and 12 assists in 53 appearances for the Foxes last season in various competitions.
The 25-year-old was a consistent performer for Brendan Rodgers’ side based on his average of 2.1 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He was even excellent when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 80.7% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).
Is Maddison A Decent Fit For Newcastle United?
Maddison can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range and has got the vision to create a few promising chances for his teammates in the attacking third of the pitch.
The English talent is a decent dribbler with the ball as well and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at Newcastle if Eddie Howe can devise a way to bring him on board before the end of this transfer window.
At 25, Maddison will only get better in the coming seasons which makes him a good fit for the Magpies this summer. He will add a lot of goals and creativity to Newcastle‘s attack and could help the Tyneside club challenge for a top seven finish in the Premier League next season.