Tottenham vice-captain speaks on poor form

Spurs' star midfield signing, James Maddison, hasn't quite been the same since his return from injury.
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Talking with The Evening Standard, James Maddison spoke on his performances in recent weeks.

The English midfielder was a revelation in Lilywhite at the start of the 23/24 campaign, collecting eight goal contributions across the first nine fixtures. That was, however, until he picked up an ankle knock which saw him miss ten crucial matches.

Now, the former Leicester player is working his way back up to where he was prior to the injury.

“I am very critical of myself,” Maddison said. “Maybe I’m not at the heights that won me player of the month at the start of the season, but I am not too far away.”

Spurs are fortunate to have a strong rotation of midfield players, especially given the injuries they've dealt with and the high work-rate which Postecoglou's tactics demand of the central playmakers.

Maddison hasn't scored or assisted since Tottenham trounced Aston Villa nearly a month ago on March 10th, however, it's unlikely that anyone would doubt that he can be a crucial asset during the remainder of the season (Transfermarkt).

Ange has still opted to go with the vice-captain in every match since his return, and from a manager who's been in the game for decades, that's a clear indication that he sees something special in the 27-year-old (Transfermarkt) .

Spurs take on Newcastle this Saturday, a rematch of a fixture which Madders previously missed out on due to injury, and whom Tottenham defeated handily in a 4-1 bout.

Now, Ange and co. will look to do it again, and this time, with the help of a player whom many would consider Tottenham's strongest midfield option in the years since Christian Eriksen's departure.