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Paul Merson says Arsenal target James Maddison can be a star next season

Former Arsenal and England midfielder, Paul Merson, believes reported Gunners target and Leicester City star James Maddison can excel next season.

Maddison missed out on a call up to the England squad. But that could be a blessing in disguise, giving the former Norwich man extra time to get himself fully fit following his injury issues last term.

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The playmaker did return successfully at the back end of the campaign. But Merson believes Maddison may have come back too early. Subsequently, he’s tipping the Foxes star for success this season.

“Before his unfortunate injury last season. He was absolutely flying for Leicester City and I got the feeling that he came back a bit too early,” Merson told SportsKeeda.

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“I like Maddison and I think he can make a real impact this season. He can really rip it up and will have an advantage over those who had international commitments earlier this summer, as those players may not start the forthcoming season for their respective clubs.”

Maddison has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer as they look to add creative players. However, it’s believed Leicester will demand a huge fee if they’re to even consider selling.

Quality in abundance

Leicester’s season probably did suffer due to Maddison being out. Had he stayed fit, then who knows where the Foxes would have ended up.

It’s no surprise to see interest in him. And it’s no surprise to see Merson backing Maddison either. He really is that good.

With England, he’s just around at a time when we have so many options in the same position. But for Leicester, he is vital.

Merson, then, could be spot on with his pick here.

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