Journalist Pete O’Rourke has opined that James Maddison is the right man to fill the creative void in midfield that Tottenham have had since Chrisitan Eriksen’s departure.
Some pundits have raised concerns over Spurs’ lack of creativity in midfield, with Micah Richards even remarking following the Lilywhites’ win at the Amex Stadium on Saturday that they lack an Eriksen-like player in the middle of the park (BBC MOTD).
One man who has been mooted as a target for the North London club is Maddison, whose current deal at the King Power Stadium runs out in 2024 (Transfermarkt).
Tottenham have been backed to make an approach for the England international during the January transfer window by some journalists (Dean Jones – GiveMeSport), with the 25-year-old thought to be open to joining Antonio Conte’s side (Football Insider).
Brendan Rodgers admitted to The Daily Mail a few days ago that the Foxes are bracing themselves for offers for Maddison in January, and O’Rourke has now suggested that the Leicester star is just the player that Spurs need.
The journalist told GiveMeSport about Maddison: “His stats and numbers for Leicester this season have been superb as well. So, I think he could possibly go in and fill those boots of Christian Eriksen that Spurs have lacked since his departure.”
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Despite the numerous suggestions over recent weeks about Maddison being the man Spurs need, I am not convinced that the 25-year-old would be a good fit for Conte’s system.
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I do not see where the Leicester star will fit in even if Conte decides to shift to a 3-5-2 (which I don’t think will happen) purely because the Italian prefers three number sixes rather than a number eight.
There is also a question mark about Maddison’s work off the ball, which I suspect will put Conte off from pursuing the England international.