James Maddison has not lived up to the lofty expectations he set for himself during the previous two seasons at Leicester City, according to Peter Schmeichel, but the offensive midfielder appears changed under Ange Postecoglou. On Saturday, the offensive midfielder once again made the difference for Spurs against Luton Town, delivering a moment of magic on the right to set up Micky van de Ven for the game’s lone goal.
That was the England international’s fifth assist of the season, adding to his two goals in eight league games, and Schmeichel confessed that he has been blown away by the former Leicester City player’s performances at Tottenham.
Teams around the Premier League will be kicking themselves for allowing Spurs full reign over Maddison, who has probably been the greatest player in the league so far this season.
Maddison has upped his levels from Leicester days
When asked about Maddison, the Man Utd legend told Premier League Productions (07/04/23 at 2:40 pm): “Very, very impressive. Brilliant again from Maddison. We followed Leicester for a long, long time with Maddison in the team.
“When he first broke into that team, he promised so much, then all of a sudden, it was a high-level, but not the highest level. He wasn’t producing what he is producing now.
“It seems like he has a manager who knows how to manage him, tell him precisely what his responsibilities are and use everything you are good at, then you will see the results. And, my God, the impact he has had on this Tottenham team.”
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Not only was Maddison playing for a struggling Leicester side but he was often used on the left of a front three by Brendan Rodgers, which is why he did not hit the heights that he is at Spurs, even though his numbers for the Foxes were quite decent.
The 26-year-old is perfectly suited to playing as the most advanced number eight in Postecoglou’s 4-3-3 and is evidently relishing the freedom that he is being given.