Tottenham 'interested' in 'phenomenal' £110k-a-week star at Hotspur Way

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte

Tottenham have an interest in Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison, believes Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

However, he is not sure if the north London club will make a move for the Englishman this summer given how much he could cost.

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What is the latest news involving Maddison?

Transfer insider Dean Jones recently told GIVEMESPORT that Tottenham have “touched base” over a potential deal for Maddison.

Spurs have been extremely busy in this window having already signed Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Clement Lenglet before the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season.

But it does not look like they are finished yet, with Maddison seemingly on their radar.

The 25-year-old thoroughly impressed for Leicester last season, scoring 12 goals and providing eight assists in the English top flight, making it no surprise that he has caught the attention of another club.

What has Taylor said about Maddison and Tottenham?

Taylor thinks Tottenham do have an interest in Maddison, though he does not know how strong it is.

Speaking to GMS, the Daily Express journalist said: “Maddison, I think there’s interest, but I don’t know how strong that interest is and whether they will actually make a move considering he would probably cost upwards of £50m.”

Would Maddison be a good signing for Tottenham?

On paper, Maddison would be a terrific addition at Hotspur Way. The England international is a very bright attacking midfielder.

Over the last year, he has ranked in the 90th percentile for non-penalty goals, the 84th for total shots and the 88th for assists among his positional peers (via FBref).

Hailed as a “phenomenal” player by CBS Sports’ Adi Joseph, it is clear that the £110,000-a-week star would bring an additional attacking threat to Antonio Conte’s side.

The only question is, where would he fit? Maddison’s best position is as a central attacking midfielder and Conte has mainly used a 3-4-3/3-4-2-1 formation since arriving in north London, which does not employ one.

Of course, the former Norwich City man can also play deeper, but you would expect Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur to share those two roles in central midfield this upcoming season. So unless there is a change in system, spending £50m plus on Maddison does not sound like the best way to invest your money.

All in all, Maddison could be a great addition to Tottenham’s squad based on what he can bring, but he is not a necessity if Spurs continue to line up in a 3-4-3.

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