Tottenham Hotspur told to avoid signing James Maddison this summer
James Maddison is a name that has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur this summer. The English playmaker had a stellar season for Leicester City but the Foxes finished a lowly eighth.
The 25-year-old England international is a very versatile player but is mostly seen playing as a number 10. Having already expressed his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League in the past, it is natural to think that Spurs would be a good prospect for him.
However, former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that signing Maddison won’t make sense for Antonio Conte. He told Football Insider (h/t Football.London):
“I really like him. I think he is a top attacking midfielder. He gets goals, is creative, has an eye for a pass and would improve with better players around him. No disrespect to Leicester but in a top-four team I think he would offer more.”
Robinson is correct in his assessment as the Italian manager hasn’t necessarily played a system whereby he can accommodate an out-and-out number 10. Maddison’s versatility can see him play as a central midfielder but his defensive contribution could then be suspect.
“I just don’t see where he fits in at Spurs though. When you look at the system Conte plays and the signings they have made. There is not really a slot for him.”
Spurs already sold an English attacking midfielder in Dele Alli earlier this year, who failed to impress at Everton in the second half of last season. Spurs have also signed two wing-backs this summer in Djed Spence and Ivan Perisic.
Yves Bissouma arrives in midfield, Richarlison could play as a striker, Clement Lenglet is a defender on a season-long loan from Barcelona, while Fraser Forster will be number two behind Hugo Lloris.
If all of these outfield players play in the current Spurs XI, combined with the superstars we already have such as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min amongst others, it is hard to see where Maddison fits.
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The Foxes would know his worth and it would be a surprise if they let him go for cheap. Thus, it makes sense for Spurs to avoid this deal for now and focus their time and resources elsewhere.