Friday, October 18, 2019

Manchester United will go after James Maddison next summer

Signing both Harry Maguire and James Maddison from Leicester this summer proved to be impossible, with the Foxes unwilling to part with two of their best players in the same season. But the Red Devils, and particularly their boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is a big admirer of Maddison, are intent on making the 22-year-old part of their team, reports The Times, as relayed by Express.

News of Solskjaer’s intentions has been heard of before, especially due to the team’s defensive struggles and Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata not being on best form. But United’s boss was aware that his move to sign Maddison this summer would be met with resistance, which is why he made no offers, postponing it for the next season.

Just how much of a challenge signing him will prove remains to be seen, as Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers values his Number 10 greatly, particularly his creativity and ability to play at different positions:

“He’s the type of player who will drift from position to position. […] I remember working with Coutinho at Liverpool, sometimes he’d play inside, sometimes he’d drift off the side. […] He (Maddison) has got big potential, I think he’s going to improve in his game, the management of his game, but he’s a big talent and we’re just trying to prepare him in order for him to play at the highest level for as long as he can,” said Rodgers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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