Glenn Hoddle believes that James Maddison is capable of setting the Premier League alight at Tottenham and opined that the Leicester star is just the kind of player Spurs are missing in the middle of the park.
Maddison has been linked with a move to Tottenham over recent months, with Alasdair Gold saying on his YouTube channel back in August that the 25-year-old is a player some at the North London club admire.
Despite the Foxes’ struggles this season, the 25-year-old looks on course to having his most productive campaign in front of goal, having already found the back of the net six times in 11 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt).
Maddison’s current deal at the King Power Stadium runs out in 2024 and Football Insider reported last month that the attacking midfielder would ‘jump at the chance’ to join Spurs if the club came in for him.
Some pundits have opined over recent weeks that Antonio Conte’s men lack creativity in the middle of the park (BBC MOTD), which is something that Hoddle agreed with.
The Spurs legend suggested that Maddison could be the answer to Spurs’ issues in midfield.
When asked about Tottenham’s perceived lack of creativity, Hoddle told talkSPORT: “That’s what every Spurs fan is crying out for.
“I don’t think Antonio is going to look that way, he plays with Bentancur and Hojbjerg and they are very good players. But when they play together, one of them, with a creator in there, would be a perfect balance, in my opinion.
“Antonio wants to play two holding players and go with his firepower up front. But I think they need some creativity – because at the moment it’s down to Kane dropping in and creating.
“If you had [Christian] Eriksen, as an example… or Maddison, I love him. I think he should be in the England squad and, no disrespect to Leicester, if he was playing in a top-six team, he would be sensational and an absolute shoo-in.
“Someone like that, who comes in off the lines… you’ve only got to look at the best teams in the country and they’ve got those players.”
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There is no doubt about Maddison’s talent but I do not think Conte will see him as a good fit for Tottenham’s system.
The Leicester star obviously does not fit into a 3-4-3, which will be Conte’s preferred formation when Kulusevski and Ricahrlison are fit.
He also does not fit naturally into a 3-5-2 as Conte will want two number-eights who are good off the ball, which is arguably Maddison’s weakest attribute.
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