Tottenham Hotspur signed James Maddison during the summer transfer window and the 26-year-old has been outstanding for the north London club so far.
Maddison has certainly justified the £45 million Tottenham have paid for him and he will be hoping to help Tottenham return to the Champions League and compete for major trophies.
The England international midfielder has 3 goals and 5 assists to his name in 10 Premier League appearances. However popular pundit John Giles has now picked out a major flaw in the midfielder’s game.
While he admits that Maddison is a quality player, Giles believes that he is not a natural midfield player and the 26-year-old thrives when he is handed a free role between the midfield and the attack.
The 26-year-old is certainly very impressive with his creativity and technical ability in the final third but Giles claims that he has to be carried in a good team. The pundit does not believe that Maddison would succeed at a mediocre club.
“He’s not a midfield player, he’s one of those lads who floats between the midfield and the attackers. At Leicester he wasn’t in a good team. He has to be in a good team to do what he’s good at, he has to be carried a lot to score spectacular goals and score a few goals. This manager is getting the best out of him because he’s playing him in the right position. He’s unique in the way he can do it, and he definitely has the ability to score goals. He’s playing much better than I ever expected him to play,” Giles said speaking on The Stand with Eamon Dunphy.
It is evident that the presence of quality players around him has elevated his game to a new level this season and Maddison will look to take the next step in his development at Tottenham now.
Regardless of the comments from Giles, the £45 million midfielder remains an exceptional addition to the Spurs midfield and he has already established himself as an indispensable asset for the club.
Tottenham will need him to continue in his current run of form if they are to return to the Champions League and compete for trophies in the coming months.