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£70m man yet to score or assist this season, amid reports Arsenal bid for him over the summer

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Over the summer, Arsenal made attempts to bring Leicester playmaker James Maddison to the Emirates Stadium.

According to Football London, the Gunners made a player-plus-cash bid for the England international, which was rejected.

Leicester wanted £70m for their No.10.

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Sky Sports even claimed that Maddison wanted to join Arsenal.

However, Mikel Arteta will probably be glad a move never materialised after the 24-year-old’s start to the season for Leicester.

How has James Maddison performed?

It’s safe to say the ex-Norwich maestro could’ve done better.

In six appearances so far this season, Maddison is yet to either score a goal or assist one for his teammates.

He is also yet to achieve higher than a 6.64 rating on WhoScored, which isn’t the greatest in all honesty.

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In fairness, Leicester haven’t exactly been flying. Brendan Rodgers has overseen two wins and two defeats in four Premier League outings so far.

Perhaps when the Foxes pick up a bit of form, so too will Maddison.

Martin Ødegaard a much better purchase

In our view, Martin Ødegaard for £30m was a much better purchase than Maddison would’ve been at £70m – Leicester’s asking price.

For £40m less, Arsenal have obtained a player with two years on Maddison to develop, as well as one who can boast 33 international caps.

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Ødegaard also has Champions League experience, and is captain of Norway.

His ceiling is far higher than Maddison’s is – in our view – and he was absolutely a much better purchase.

Edu has certainly made his mistakes, but he deserves a pat on the back for this one.

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