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Tottenham eye Eriksen replacement in a £44m deal

Lilywhites have reportedly added James Maddison in the list of ‘homegrown’ summer target.

Leicester City star James Maddison has reportedly been identified as a summer transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs are lining up a move for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison after tracking him for six long years, according to the Times.

The newspaper claim Spurs are finally ready to make an agreement bid to land the 22-year-old after stopping at the asking price for him during his Coventry City and Norwich City days. The Times report it may take £44million for Tottenham to land the playmaker this summer, double what Leicester paid last summer, but they are watching him closely with a view to replacing Christian Eriksen.

Midfielder Maddison only joined Leicester from Norwich last summer a fee that could rise to £24million. But five goals and four assists in 23 Premier League games have seen his stock rise and reports now claim that Spurs view the 22-year-old as a possible replacement for Christian Eriksen, who has long been linked with interest from Real Madrid.

He has been a mainstay of the starting XI and provided evidence that he has what it takes to play for a top-six club regularly competing in the Champions League. Certainly, Maddison doesn’t yet have Eriksen’s ability to produce something out of nothing, or consistently hurt opponents. But he is 22, a fine player and one with the potential to improve. But the question is Maddison able to follow in Eriksen’s footsteps? 

Author’s take:

Hardly any players in football are capable of stepping into the shoes of the great Christian Eriksen, who is a never-ending source of creativity and technical excellence in a Lilywhite shirt. He is one of the outstanding playmakers not just in the Premier League, but in the world game. England international Maddison could be a valuable addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s due to his homegrown status and his potential to improve.

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