Couple of days ago, we wrote an article where one of the talking points was a rumour regarding a potential new signing for Manchester United. Which one, you ask, since there were over 60 players linked with the Devils and we barely managed to enter June. It is about James Maddison.
You know how everyone is mentioning Man United’s idea to sign talented domestic players? Now we have another one of them being linked with a move to Old Trafford. That is Leicester City’s James Maddison. The 22-year-old is apparently one of the new targets and the Devils could be paying up to £60m in order to get the ‘number 10’.
Yes, that is what we said the other day, but now we will be taking a deeper look into the Englishman. This Wednesday has seen Man United still being linked with him, as well as several other Premier League clubs. According to some media, apart from the Devils, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in getting the Leicester City player.
That could be a potential problem for any of the four clubs, if a bidding war was to start. Only two of those teams to be really interested would be enough to drive his price even higher than the reported 5o or 60 million pounds.
James Maddison joined Leicester City in the summer of 2018 for 20 million pounds. It was a deal that followed a really good individual season for Maddison at Norwich City, where he was by far the most creative player in the Championship. His step up to the Premier League was a seamless one, with the playmaker scoring seven goals and assisting another seven.
Spending 2850 minutes on the pitch in the league, Maddison was one of the most consistent performers for the Foxes. Throughout the season, he mostly played in the mould of a ‘number 10’, operating behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. With the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, the tinkering was bound to happen and since Maddison also played on the left wing, mostly in a 4-3-3 formation. However, attacking midfielder remains his natural position.
Maddison’s 0.44 goals+assists per 90 minutes is not spectacular, but it is good, considering his age and that it was his debut season in the top flight. He was just below his cumulative expected goals and expected assists, which is okay right now and he is expected to continue improving.
With 3.2 key passes per 90, Maddison was one of the players that created the most in the league. Plenty of those key passes came from dead ball situations, which are his specialty, but his creativity in open play is also something that is obvious straight away.
Manchester United will have a decision to make whether to go for Maddison or not. He is a very talented player that can still improve a lot and we will see more of him at the UEFA U21 Euros this June. Spending too much on him could be a risk, mostly because it is unknown which system will Solskjaer use. In a typical 4-3-3 Maddison would be a surplus to requirements, as Man United have better left wingers.