Is James Maddison the Player to Watch This Season?
By TOI Desk Report August 9, 2023 Update on : August 9, 2023
James Maddison recently completed a £40 million move to Tottenham Hotspur, and now he will be looking to take his game to the next level.
Likely to be the key creative cog in Ange Postecoglou’s exciting attack, the Englishman has the chance to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s thinking for Euro 2024. Indeed, it could even result in the England manager changing his tactics to accommodate the number 10.
Maddison Could Be a Huge Signing for Spurs
When staking on the Premier League winner this season, punters are unlikely to have much interest in Spurs. After all, the latest Premier League winner odds expect Manchester City to storm the league again, and they can be backed at 8/11 to do so. Spurs are outsiders at 33/1 and may relish the fact that people seem to have written them off already.
In the latest football tips blogs, all the experts are backing City to do it again, and it is hard to look past the reigning champions. However, Spurs could be a dark horse to watch out for this term, especially with new signing Maddison in the mix.
Spurs have always had a deadly attack with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in the mix, but they have lacked an incisive creative force ever since Christian Eriksen departed. There’s no doubt that the North London club were at their best when the Danish playmaker was the creative force in midfield.
Now, Maddison can take on that role and give Spurs the extra edge they have been lacking. Maddison was the standout star for a struggling Leicester City side last time out with 10 goals and nine assists, and he could easily top that tally at Spurs this season.
Southgate May Need to Rejig His Formation
During his tenure as England boss, Southgate has eschewed using a traditional number 10. Instead, he has usually gone for a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3 formation, opting for more industrious players in the centre of the park to control the game. However, if Maddison has his best season ever and makes it impossible for the Three Lions boss to ignore him, England may need to test out a new formation.
Maddison was named in the England squad for the last World Cup, but Southgate couldn’t fit him into his thinking. He made his debut in March 2023 and has put in three stellar performances for his country so far.
The great thing about the Spurs man is that he offers an exciting alternative for Southgate if the manager needs to mix things up in the next major competition. For instance, if England come up against a team playing a low block that they can’t get through, Maddison’s attributes could allow them to pick the lock. It’s useful to know that the 27-year-old is there and ready to come on if England need him.
Maddison could be a hugely thrilling player to watch this football season, as he has now linked up with one of the most formidable attacks in the division. If he shines in the Premier League this term, he’ll most certainly be on the plane for the Euros next summer.Read more: Is James Maddison the Player to Watch This Season?