Leicester City have confirmed the signing of James Maddison from Norwich City on a five year contract. It is the Foxes third summer signing, having already signed Jonny Evans from West Brom and full-back Ricardo Pereira from Porto. Maddison is clearly very highly rated, but what exactly will be bring to Leicester City?
Maddison was Norwich City’s top goalscorer last season, with 15 goals in total. What makes this impressive is the fact that his natural position is not as a striker, he predominantly operates as an attacking midfielder. The 21 year-old scored all types of goals for the Canaries, too. Impressively, four of his 15 goals last season were from outside of the box. The former Coventry man is also a very composed man in front of goal, which is shown by the fact he was given penalty responsibilities for Norwich in his first full season at Carrow Road.
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Maddison is also very adept at taking corners and free-kicks. A large proportion of Maddison’s 8 league assists for Norwich City last season were from corners and free-kicks, and Maddison even managed to score two free-kicks directly. With rumours that Riyad Mahrez is set to leave the King Power Stadium this summer persisting, Leicester may have found themselves someone who can be as effective in delivering set-pieces as Mahrez has been in his four year spell at the Foxes.
The Coventry-born attacking midfielder will definitely scare Premier League defences next season with his dribbling ability. The only method of stopping Maddison from getting past Championship defenders last season seemed to be to foul him, as he was fouled on average 3.3 times per game. In comparison, the player who was fouled the most in the Premier League last season, Wilfried Zaha, was fouled on average 2.6 times per game. Another key aspect of Maddison’s game is his ability to keep hold of the ball, which could be invaluable for the Foxes when they play against sides in the top six. The 21 year-old will also be a commodity in tight games, due to his brilliant vision for concise passes and ability to find space in tight areas of the pitch.
Maddison also has the competitive edge that is needed to be a top player in the Premier League. He was booked eight times in the Championship last season, which shows that often his competitive edge can land him in trouble. Another signal that Maddison has a determined mentality is the fact that he has gone from playing in League One with Coventry to playing in the top flight with the 2016 Premier League champions in the space of two and a half years. His undoubted ability coupled with his determination to succeed and win definitely means that Leicester City and Claude Puel have made a very good acquisition.
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