Jermain Defoe has argued that Harry Kane, or any England centre-forward for that matter, would love to play alongside Leicester City’s James Maddison for the Three Lions.
Maddison has been in incredible form for the Foxes this season, despite their troubles down the bottom end of the Premier League table. The creative midfielder has six goals and four assists in 12 Premier League matches so far this season (TransferMarkt).
With his deal coming to an end in 2024, Football Insider reported this season that Maddison would ‘jump at the chance’ to join Spurs if the North Londoners made a move for him. The report also stated that Tottenham were keeping close tabs on the Leicester star.
Alasdair Gold also reported on his YouTube channel back in August that Spurs admired the 25-year-old midfielder.
As someone who knows all about putting the ball in the back of the net, Defoe insisted to Premier League Productions (05/11/22 at 6:30 PM) this week that the likes of Harry Kane would love to play with Maddison.
He said: “Every game you watch him, we keeping saying ‘here is another good performance’. He’s so clever. Gets himself into positions just behind the midfield – every single game you see him, he gets better and better.
“But he has been the best player on the pitch. If we are basing on merit, then he should be going to the 2022 World Cup.
“Yes, it is surprising he only has one England cap. You look at the other players in that position, and we talk about stats and stuff, they don’t lie. It’s the consistency.
“That swagger he has got in big games. I don’t think it will faze him at a World Cup, whether it’s the quarter-final or semi-final. To get on the ball and create something out of nothing, he has that quality.
“For me, it’s simple. If you spoke to any centre-forward, whether that’s Harry Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson. And you said, ‘would you want him behind feeding you?’
“I can guarantee you, all those forwards would say yes, at a major tournament.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
The big caveat with Tottenham going for Maddison is ‘does Conte want him?’ If Conte is after that kind of midfield creator to play in a three or perhaps cover on the right side of an attack too, then Maddison feels like a no-brainer to me.
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