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'He doesn't mess about': Merson says reported Tottenham target is so good at setting up chances
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'He doesn't mess about': Merson says reported Tottenham target is so good at setting up chances

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Leicester City’s James Maddison in recent months.

Spurs were apparently monitoring the England international in the summer.

Newcastle United were also said to be in pursuit of Maddison, but a move didn’t materialise.

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Now, with the Premier League grinding to a halt, the likes of Tottenham can plan for the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, the likes of Maddison will be trying to impress at the 2022 World Cup in pursuit of glory.

The tournament will also see players putting themselves in the biggest football shop window of all.

A number of journalists have been claiming that Tottenham still hold an interest in Maddison.

Pete O’Rourke recently told GiveMeSport: “I think it’s a hard deal to do in January.

“But it’s one to maybe keep an eye on next summer, especially if Leicester are struggling at the wrong end of the table.

“Spurs, I’m sure, will be among a number of clubs looking at Maddison.”

The attacking midfielder has been dazzling for Leicester this season, despite their lower-table struggles.

Maddison has seven goals and four assists from just 14 outings Premier League outings in 2022-23.

His efforts have seen him make the England squad for the Qatar tournament.

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‘Slips the forwards in without taking six or seven touches’

And Paul Merson believes the reported Tottenham target should make the starting XI against Iran.

“In midfield, I would pair Declan Rice with Bellingham – which would give Trent a licence to bomb forward – with Maddison just in front,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“Then I would play Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane. I want Southgate to pick players that are in form.

“The one thing I love about Maddison, and you can ask Jamie Vardy about this, is he doesn’t mess about.

“He gets on the half-turn and slips the forwards in without taking six or seven touches.”

‘Maddison, I love him’

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle believes Spurs could do with a new creative midfielder.

And speaking to TalkSPORT ahead of the England World Cup selection, he admitted he was a big fan of Maddison.

“They need some creativity,” said Hoddle.

“At the moment it’s down to them, it’s down to Harry dropping in and creating.

“I think the style of players they’ve got at the top of the pitch if you did have an Eriksen – when he was at Tottenham for example – Maddison, I agree with whoever said that.

“Maddison, I love him. He should be in the England squad. I think if he was playing in top club, no disrespect to Leicester, he’d be absolutely sensational and a shoo-in.”

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