If you’re an avid Old Trafford Faithful reader, you’ll know my feelings about a certain James Maddison.
Imagine my excitement when the 22-year-old was linked with a Red Devils move just 24 hours ago? From all the 60+ players who have already been rumoured with an Old Trafford switch this summer, Maddison certainly makes the most sense (to me anyway).
After moving to Leicester City last summer, it’s fair to say the man from Coventry has been simply sensational for Brendan Rodgers’ side. After just twelve months, the Englishman could already be on the move yet again.
First and foremost, the linked story above says Maddison would cost £60million. In this day and age, that feels like an absolute bargain to me – particularly when this is a club who were all-too-willing to splash close to that figure on Fred…
Anyway, that’s a story for another day and right now we’re here to talk about Maddison’s brilliance. In 36 appearances, the attack-minded midfielder scored seven while also tacking on seven assists for his teammates. For a man settling into new surroundings and playing in the Premier League for the first time, that’s very respectable.
Honestly, though, I don’t feel the stats do him any justice. It’s the way he glides across the field so effortlessly that makes Maddison just great to watch. It’s the inch-perfect precision in his passes. It’s the astute decision making. It’s those wonderful free-kicks. We’re looking at the almost-perfect player. Did I mention he’s only 22?
United have been calling out for that creative force from midfield. In terms of style he’s somewhat a cross between Paul Pogba and Juan Mata – and I’d genuinely prefer to have Maddison in my time than any of those two right now.
Versatility is also another selling point. Maddison’s best position is in that central attacking-midfield role, although he can play off the wing, or deeper in midfield if needs be. In a three, perhaps sitting alongside Pogba with a more defensive-minded player in behind, you have a real creative hub that you can build your team around.
To my surprise, when I saw the above video earlier today, I was delighted to learn that Maddison is indeed a United fan. He’ll be hurting, just like every single Reds supporter across the globe. We need hungry, determined players within this squad to drag this club back to where we belong.
Bring in Maddison, allow him the freedom that his talents deserve and trust me, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be reaping the rewards sooner rather than later.