Tottenham Hotspur will add more creativity to their attack with the arrival of James Maddison.
“We are delighted to announce the signing of James Maddison from Leicester City. He has agreed to stay with us until the summer of 2028,” the club announced. The transfer fee is estimated to be in the region of £40 million.
Born in 1996, the England international joined Leicester from Coventry City and Norwich City. He has impressed since his debut season in 2018-19. He made 36 appearances in the English Premier League (EPL), scoring seven goals and providing seven assists. He quickly became a key member of the squad and led the Leicester attack alongside Jamie Vardy.
This season, he’s been even better. He scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in 30 league games. However, Leicester were relegated to 18th place in the EPL despite Madsen’s performance. With the club heading to the English Championship (second tier) the following season, a number of players were likely to leave. Maddison was one of them.
Notably, Maddison’s contract with Leicester is set to expire next summer. Already relegated, Leicester planned to let him go with only one year left on his contract if the right offer came in. The initial asking price was reportedly £50 million.
Newcastle were initially thought to be the frontrunners. Newcastle’s aggressive investment since the club was purchased by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF) has paid off this season. Newcastle’s first UEFA Champions League (UCL) qualification in 21 years is a major achievement for the club. To do so, they’re looking to strengthen their squad, and Madsen is on the shortlist. 토토사이트
However, it hasn’t led to any concrete negotiations. That’s when Tottenham entered the fray. Spurs are preparing for the new season after the appointment of manager Enzi Postecoglou. In particular, he used a 4-2-3-1 formation at Celtic. It’s different from Antonio Conte’s back three. He was looking for a player who could fit in, and he settled on Madsen.
Football statistics outlet Opta was also positive about the signing. “His creative play and passing are outstanding. Since the departure of Christian Eriksen, Tottenham have had no one to unlock their offense with a single pass, and his ability to deal with dead balls is unquestionable.” 안전사이트
Considered one of the best playmakers in the EPL, the addition of Madsen is great news for Spurs. The likes of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, who have already played with the England national team, are already following him on social media and looking forward to playing with him.