James Maddison to sign for Spurs
The midfield maestro is on his way to North London to sign for Tottenham Hotspur.
Recent reports suggest it is merely a matter of hours until James Maddison is confirmed as a Tottenham Hotspur player, with the midfield maestro joining from relegated Leicester City for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £40m, according to Sky Sports.
Maddison has been with the Foxes since joining the Midlands club from Norwich City in July 2018. He has since been crucial for Leicester, providing the creativity needed to score goals over the last five years with Maddison being part of the Foxes side to reach the Europa Conference League semi-final in the 2021/22 season, only to lose 2-1 to Italian side AS Roma on aggregate. The midfielder was also part of the team who beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the FA Cup in May 2021.
There was reported interest from Newcastle United, but Spurs are in the driving seat and look set to seal a deal for the England international. Maddison’s track record and creativity mean that Spurs are getting a player that can help them get back to the next level, with Ange Postecoglu’s side looking to secure a return to European football this season.
James Maddison began his career with his hometown club Coventry City whose academy he joined in 2004, before going on to receive his first professional contract with the Sky Blues in November 2014, just a few months after making his debut for the club as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat against Bristol City in the League Cup. He then went on to start a game for Coventry for the first time in a 4-1 League One defeat against Oldham Athletic – but despite this disappointing result, Maddison did find the back of the net, scoring his first professional goal via a free-kick.
In his first entire season with the club (2014/15), the club finished in 17th place in League One, with Maddison scoring twice in the league whilst also adding an assist in his 12 appearances in England’s third tier.
The midfielder was a regular starter for Coventry in this second and final season at the club (2015/16). He made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring 5 goals and providing 4 assists. Following an impressive season, Maddison moved to Championship club Norwich City in January 2016 for a rumoured fee of just £2.5m before being loaned back to Coventry City.
He then joined Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen on loan for half of the 2016/17 season. Whilst playing for the Dons, Maddison made 14 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, scoring 2 goals and providing 7 assists. He returned to the Canaries midway through the season before making his first league appearance for the club in April 2017, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 win against Preston North End at Deepdale.
The 2017/18 Championship season was the campaign which saw James Maddison make the football world take notice. In the league, the midfield maestro made 44 appearances scoring 14 goals with 8 assists. Maddison, the club’s standout player with Norwich, ended with a 14th-place finish after amassing 60 points.
Following his stellar season, James Maddison signed for Premier League Leicester City in June 2018 for a reported fee to be in the region of £22m, rising to £24m. He immediately became a regular starter for the Foxes, making an immediate impact by scoring 7 goals and getting 7 assists in his 36 Premier League appearances as the club finished 9th in 2018/19.
Leicester City had a stunning campaign in the 2019/20 season, finishing in 5th place with 62 points and just 4 adrift of Chelsea, who occupied the final Champions League spot in 4th place. James Maddison was crucial for the Foxes throughout the campaign, scoring 6 goals and providing 3 assists in his 31 appearances. He also made his senior England debut in November 2019 as a substitute in a 7-0 EURO 2020 qualifier against Montenegro. This was the first of his three caps as of the time of writing.
The Foxes finished in 5th once again in the 2020/21 season, accumulating no less than 66 points, and an agonising 1 point adrift of Champions League qualification with Chelsea once again occupying the 4th spot ahead of their Midlands counterparts once again. Maddison scored 8 goals whilst also providing 7 assists in the Premier League that season. The aforementioned 1-0 win in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea made this season even more memorable.
The 2021/22 Premier League season was to be Maddison’s best yet for the Foxes – in his 35 league appearances, he scored 12 goals whilst providing 8 assists to boot. Maddison alone had a hand in 20 of Leicester City’s 62 goals that season. The Foxes finished in 8th place in the league with 52 points.
Last season was not a good one for Leicester City as they went on to finish in 18th place, getting relegated to the Championship after a 9 year stay in the top flight. James Maddison was one of the club’s standout players with 10 goals and 9 assists in 30 appearances in the Premier League.
Maddison’s excellent track record in the Premier League has prompted Ange Postecoglu and Spurs to sign him ahead of the 2023/24 Premier League season. This would be a very promising signing for the Lilywhites, with Maddison being one of the league’s most creative players.
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