Dean Jones insists Tottenham Hotspur craves a player of the calibre of James Maddison, tipping the England international to succeed there.
Over a year ago, James Maddison got heavily linked with a move to Arsenal. Leicester City asked for around £60 million for the England international as the Gunners refused to pay. Mikel Arteta opted to re-sign Martin Odegaard in place of the England international, and the Norwegian has excelled in his role.
Last summer, Maddison was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United and continued to weigh up a move to the Magpies in January. Eddie Howe is keen on signing the attacking midfielder, and the club is ready to splash big to acquire the England international.
After a terrible start, Leicester City recovered well and are one of the in-form teams in the Premier League. A large chunk of the credit goes to Maddison for his performances. He has scored seven goals and provided four assists, leading to a call-up to England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
Owing to his performances, Tottenham joined the hunt for Maddison recently as Antonio Conte seeks a creative player in January. Spurs have lacked such a player, which has affected their performances. Leicester will seek a huge transfer of £60 million plus for the Premier League star.
Dean Jones said to Give Me Sport that Tottenham crave a player of Maddison’s stature and calibre. In his comments on Give Me Sport, Jones suggested that the Leicester star will succeed in north London and that Spurs should target the attacking midfielder.
Jones said, “James Maddison would definitely have that attachment to a support base wherever he went. And I think that a stadium like Tottenham’s is crying out for a player like this. So I think he’d do really well.”
Tottenham are linked with several players of a similar profile. Anthony Gordon is a target along with AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo. Conte feels the need for a creative star that could unlock the potential of the many goalscorers in his squads, such as Son Heung-min, Richarlison, and Harry Kane.
At Tottenham, Maddison could get the opportunity to play in the Champions League if he joins in January. Newcastle United pose a huge threat to Spurs’ chances of signing the £60 million-rated Premier League star. Still, the lure of playing in Europe could prove useful for the north Londoners.