The Metro reports that Manchester United has been linked with another star this time, and its Leicester City player James Maddison. The 22-year-old midfielder is now one of the top targets for United. He had a fantastic season at the King Power stadium. He scored seven goals and seven assists. United seems to be in pole position to sign him in spite of the interest from many clubs.
But after United made contact with his representatives Maddison has second thoughts about joining United. Leicester values him at £60m. He helped the Foxes finish in ninth place last season.
Manchester United shouldn’t buy James Maddison because there are other midfielders out there that are better that we can sign. For example like Bruno Fernandes would be a fabulous player to sign. I am not sold on James Maddison yet. Let’s give him time to mature and see what kind of player he becomes in the next 3-4 years. We know that he was arguably the best player when he was in the championship.
He certainly has the talent to raise his game to another level. But a prestigious club should look for someone of a higher talent and pedigree. I don’t think he’s better than what we already have in central midfield. Does he really give us something different than what we already have? I don’t think so, because when you look at his first season stats its not really impressive. Seven goals and seven assists just isn’t good enough for me. I’m sure he probably does a few other things that may hold him in high regard by many people, but I have seen him play and I’m not that really in awe of him.
Someone like Youri Tielemans, Maddison’s team mate to me is a better caliber player. He’s more creative, and he’s skillful on the ball. He has more pace I believe than Maddison. I never was that excited in the talent of James Maddison. Tielemans is considered to be one of the best prospects in world football. He has more experience playing with top clubs at the highest level in Europe compared to Maddison. He started his career with Anderlecht in his native Belgium and he made 185 appearances and scored 35 goals across four years.
He won the league title twice and in 2017 was chosen as the Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year. He is the youngest Belgian to play in the UEFA Champions League, making his debut in the competition at the age of 16 years and 148 days.
Tielemans represented Belgium at several youth levels and gained his first cap for the full side in November 2016, aged 19. He was part of their squad that came third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He’s on loan from Monaco another well-known club in Europe. Tielemans has Champions League experience with both Anderlecht and Monaco at a young age.
James Maddison played for Coventry City and Norwich City and went to Aberdeen on loan before he went to Leicester City. There is nothing in his bio or profile that stands out as impressive or special. If I were United I would continue to pursue Tielemans if reports are true that they are interested in him. At age 22, the sky’s the limit for this young Belgian star.