As if adding an English player with versatility and a skill-set lacking from most of the squad were not enough, there are two more good reasons Spurs should focus on adding Maddison now.
Reason 4: Maddison is the right age for now and later
Although we have all known about James Maddison for several years, apparently even as a teenager on Twitter, Madders is a younger footballer that fits the profile of the other signings this summer. Turning 26 later this fall, Maddison works nicely with the core of Tottenham with Cristian Romero (24), Bentancur (25), Richarlison (25), Bissouma (25), and Hojbjerg (26).
Of course, Kane (28) and Son (30) are a bit older, but Maddison, like the others mentioned, is ready to contribute to winning right now. Whereas Pape Matar Sarr (19) is not quite ready for primetime, Maddison is primetime. Having someone like Maddison come in so players like Sarr and Bryan Gil (21) can go on loan and further develop enhances the team’s future.
Reason 5: Maddison is not a finished product rather, he is improving
Maybe the most crucial aspect regarding Maddison is that although he is ready to contribute and will make Tottenham better, he is not yet a finished product. Whereas Dele Alli was a player in decline last year at 25, Maddison is a player on the rise.
Over the last three seasons, Madders has increased his goal-scoring and assist totals. Last season was his most productive in the Premier League, contributing to 20 of Leicester’s goals, scoring 12, and assisting eight, according to transfermarkt.com.
Just two seasons ago, in 2019/20, Maddison scored six goals and had three assists in almost 2700 minutes. The 20 contributions from last season were in less than 2500 minutes, with a goal or an assist once every 123 minutes, the best production of Maddison’s career.
There are issues to overcome, including his cost, which will still be high with 2-years remaining on his contract. Further, there is some belief he may simply not like Tottenham, again, if you believe what teenagers Tweet.
However, Spurs have money, and overlooking a social media post from almost a decade ago would not be the most challenging thing we have swallowed as a club.
Maddison is the right age, has the right abilities, and would benefit the squad on multiple fronts, making it one transfer rumour that makes sense for Tottenham. What do you think?