‘The best’: Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce rave about 25-year-old Tottenham reportedly want to sign
Spurs have been on the lookout for attacking reinforcements and seem to be lacking a player like Maddison.
Antonio Conte has been short of creative players in his side, especially after Dejan Kulusevski was sidelined between September and the beginning of this month.
Maddison has received interest from both Spurs and Newcastle United, with journalist Pete O’Rourke claiming that Conte’s men are considering a bid for Leicester City star next summer.
The 25-year-old has been in brilliant form for the Foxes this season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists.
His form has even earned him a place in England’s 26-man World Cup squad. Now, Souness and Allardyce both think Gareth Southgate should put him in the starting line-up.
Souness and Allardyce rave about Maddison
Speaking on the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast, both Allardyce and Souness raved about Maddison.
“Maddison, I’m an enormous fan of his, he had to be in the squad and that’s why I’ve started him in my eleven,” Souness said.
The Scotsman then spoke about Southgate’s ‘pragmatic approach’ and feels Maddison could solve England’s creativity issues.
He said: “We’re playing football that will nick games, not playing football that will get everyone on the edge of their seats.
“That’s why I would play Maddison, I think Maddison is the best of any attacking midfielder or any midfield player in terms of assists and scoring goals.”
“I like James Maddison. I met him on holiday last year in Portugal and he’s got a bit of mischief about him,” Souness added.
“He’s got a sparkle about him, he’s got something that I find attractive in players. He’s got a bit of mischief. Mischief can sort of take you from a scale of one to ten. He’s a nine.”
Allardyce agreed with Souness and praised Maddison for the impact he’s had at Leicester this season.
“His stats stand up and he’s in a struggling team by the way, they’ve struggled all season haven’t they,” he said.
“He’s been the one getting them out of trouble now and climbing up that league. But they went, was it ten games with one point I think?
“He’s got all those assists and goals so it can only get better from his point of view, if he gets a chance. Whether he gets a chance in the starting line-up is another matter.”
Tottenham seem to be in need of a creative midfielder like Maddison, but it’s unclear whether Conte actually wants one.
The Italian often plays with a two-man midfield and it remains to be seen whether he would be willing to switch his system slightly to accommodate a creative midfielder.
Spurs have often relied heavily on Harry Kane and Kulusevski to fashion out chances and there’s no doubt that Maddison would solve this issue.
But with his contract set to run until 2024, there will likely be a host of top clubs competing for his signature.
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