He has been linked with pretty much every big Premier League club, but the best place for James Maddison right now is still Leicester City.
There haven’t been many players in the Premier League who have risen to stardom over the last few years as quickly as James Maddison has. His time in the Championship with Norwich City was quality, but most football fans didn’t expect him to translate his form so seamlessly to the wear and tear of the Premier League.
Maddison did exactly that, and has quickly become hot property in the Premier League, shining week-in, week-out for Brendan Rodgers’ smashing Leicester City side, while the ‘big 6’ look on with envy. In reality, Maddison could play for any of those teams.
Spurs will be losing Eriksen soon and could use a replacement. Arsenal could certainly use Maddison on their left-wing or as a replacement for Mesut Ozil. Manchester United need all the midfield help they can get, and he would certainly start for Chelsea too. Even for Manchester City and Liverpool, Maddison could feature regularly.
Despite this, the best place for him right now is still Leicester City – because he isn’t done growing, and neither is his team.
Leicester have the world at their feet right now in the Premier League, sitting in 2nd place ahead of everyone except the high-flying Liverpool who likely will not be caught. This means that if Leicester maintain their form, James Maddison and his teammates could be looking at Champions League football next season. Why move away from that?
At the moment, the club being linked with Maddison the most is Manchester United. Sure, they are the biggest club in England and are difficult to turn down, but you’d do well to find a single player that has joined Manchester United in the last 4 years and actually improved their game – or better yet, play to their usual level. Everyone who goes there seems to become a mere shade of their previous self, and at 23, Maddison should steer clear of that.
For the time being, James Maddison should stay put and develop himself under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, who has already done wonders for the England international’s career. In fact, there have been reports of Maddison potentially signing a contract extension this month.
In the future, yes, he should look to transfer to bigger and better things, but it’s not a race, and pulling the trigger at the wrong time could cause everything to come crashing down.