Tottenham Hotspur could end their summer of spending with an almighty bang…
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The Telegraph have also stated that the Foxes need to sell players if they are to bolster Brendan Rodgers’ squad, and the English playmaker is someone who could garner a decent fee.
Indeed, it’s thought that Maddison would cost in the region of £50m.
The final piece of Conte’s puzzle
After Tottenham splashed the cash on six new signings, the 25-year-old midfielder could well be the final piece of the puzzle for manager Antonio Conte at Hotspur Way.
The Italian has seemingly fixed plenty of the issues that he was facing last season – he now has a left-footed centre-back in Clement Lenglet, two new wing-backs in Ivan Perisic and Djed Spence, an alternative to Harry Kane in Richarlison and engine room depth in Yves Bissouma.
Although that elusive creative midfielder is still escaping him, and whilst his system does not currently cater for a no.10, it wouldn’t hurt to have that option available so that Conte can tweak his tactics in-game or change things up ahead of a match.
Maddison fits the bill as the playmaking talent that they need, given his proven experience in the Premier League and in Europe. Last season, he enjoyed a standout campaign as the Foxes’ main man.
Should Spurs splash out on James Maddison this summer?
As per Transfermarkt, the England international scored 18 goals and laid on 12 assists across 52 appearances in all competitions. At Spurs, only Harry Kane and Heung-min Son can match numbers like that.
Meanwhile, via FBref, Maddison was amongst the top 5% of midfielders in the Premier League for goal-creating actions (0.70 per 90) and also the top 12% for passes into the final third (2.89 per 90).
His homegrown status would also be something of a big boost to Tottenham, making that £50m fee seem like an absolute steal, considering the positives behind signing him.
Once dubbed a “genius” by BBC Norfolk presenter Rob Butler, Maddison could well be the final piece that Conte needs to get Spurs challenging on all fronts this season.
They could even be dark horses in the race for the title; their spending certainly matches that sort of ambition, as would the signing of the Foxes star, so sporting director Fabio Paratici must follow up his initial contact with a formal offer as quickly as possible.
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