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‘Frustration’: David James believes Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur target is a ‘detriment’ to his team right now
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‘Frustration’: David James believes Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur target is a ‘detriment’ to his team right now

Things went from bad to worse for Leicester City this season against Tottenham Hotspur last night.

Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a humiliating 6-2 defeat and remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

Speaking to Astro Supersport, David James assessed what was going wrong at Leicester.

Defending set pieces is clearly a concern for Leicester right now, while goalkeeper Danny Ward has struggled to fill Kasper Schmeichel’s boots.

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However, James wanted to focus on midfielder James Maddison.

The former England goalkeeper believes Maddison might be shooting too much, and this is causing Leicester problems.

The 25-year-old scored Leicester’s second goal of the game, volleying into the far corner past Hugo Lloris.

James criticised Maddison for shooting from distance too much towards the end of the match, believing he’s a detriment to Leicester.

James: Maddison is shooting too much for Leicester

David James explained: “The frustration I have with Maddison, he’s probably going to get so many goals for Leicester because he’s their focal point.

“He shoots a lot of shots from outside the box, just in open play.

“We talked about Son (Heung-min) before the game, a guy who I felt was shooting at the right time but not quite right.

“Maddison’s one who shoots because he thinks he can score from anywhere.

“He’s had a couple of shots, bodies in front of it, he’s not going to score.

“Therefore, eventually, if you do that enough times, you’re going to get a goal.

“But I think it’s to the detriment to Leicester City, where it seems to be a positive for James Maddison.”

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David James may be onto something when it comes to Maddison’s attacking output.

The 25-year-old has taken 20 shots in the league this season, the next player in the list is Harvey Barnes with 12 (all stats via FBRef).

The average distance of Maddison’s shots is over 20 yards out, meaning more often than not Maddison is shooting from outside the box.

The expected goals per shot from Maddison is 0.03, a figure that suggest Maddison is shooting from ambitious positions too frequently.

Considering how good a creator Maddison is, he appears to be making some poor decisions in the final third.

Maddison was on Newcastle and Tottenham’s radar this summer

The one-time England international was linked with moves to Newcastle and Tottenham over the summer.

He would certainly provide a new dynamic to Newcastle, who don’t have an advanced playmaker like Maddison in the squad.

Bruno Guimaraes and the injured Jonjo Shelvey are similar to Maddison, but don’t have the same goal scoring ability.

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Tottenham, meanwhile, showed yesterday that goals can come from anywhere in their squad.

Antonio Conte’s current formation doesn’t have a spot for an attacking playmaker like Maddison.

It’s likely if he joined Spurs, Conte would be forced to play him out of position.

Maddison’s future at Leicester appears to be very uncertain, but he may not be doing his future prospects as much good as he thinks with his current performances.

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