21-year-old James Maddison became Leicester City’s third signing of the summer when he completed a £22 million move from Norwich City to the King Power Stadium.
After Riyad Mahrez completed his long-awaited move to Manchester City this week, it seems as though there is no better time than now for the talented English playmaker to come and make his mark on the Premier League.
The Foxes beat off stiff competition for the talented youngsters signature after a terrific season in the Championship that saw the attacking midfielder score 14 times and assist eight.
But will he live up to the hype? Here are three reasons why James Maddison has everything it takes to become a star for Leicester City in the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Maddison was the subject of interest from all over Europe last season when in January it was confirmed he held the title of creating the most chances out of any player in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga (54). An impressive statistic for a 21-year-old and testament to the abundance of talent he has.
“James is a wonderful player who is one of the most exciting young talents in English football. He made a big contribution to Norwich City last season and I’m delighted that he has decided to make the step up to the Premier League with Leicester.”
Set piece specialist
One of Maddison’s greatest assets is his ability from dead ball situations, a skill which in the Premier League is a vital weapon for any team to have at their disposal. Expect the new Leicester number 10 to be taking over free kick duties now Riyad Mahrez has left the King Power Stadium and don’t be surprised if he bangs a few of them in next season.
Chance to fill the void Riyad Mahrez had left
Maddison has a real chance to step up and make a name for himself since Riyad Mahrez’ departure, which for a talented and ambitious youngster like himself could be the perfect remedy for something great. Maddison was voted Norwich’s Player of the Season last year which all but proves he can take a team by the scruff of the neck and make it his own; even at such a young age.