Former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy believes James Maddison would be a brilliant signing for Newcastle United.
Eddie Howe’s men were strongly linked with a move for Maddison over the summer. Indeed, the Daily Mail stated that the Magpies had two offers knocked back to secure the Leicester playmaker’s services.
Signing an attacking midfielder was very high on the list of needs for Howe, who strengthened his defence and forward line during the last window.
And now fresh rumours suggest that a January swoop for Maddison could now be on the cards.
The Chronicle’s Aaron Stokes claims Newcastle are more likely to push for the £60million-rated Maddison over his Foxes teamamate Youri Tielemans.
And Murphy thinks that Maddison working under Howe would be a great combination.
Murphy told talkSPORT: “He’s a terrific player. He gives them [Newcastle] something they haven’t got. He’s one of the most creative players in the Premier League.
“He makes things happen, he’s courageous on the ball. He’s got an eye for a pass and plays free.
“I like Maddison because he plays free. He never hides away, he’s happy making mistakes to try and make things happen.”
Maddison the missing piece for Newcastle
Adding Maddison to the mix alongside the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron would give Newcastle a potent attack, to build on the defensive solidity that Howe is already looking to instill.
Indeed, so far the Magpies have only conceded seven goals in their seven games, although they’ve only scored eight times.
Maddison would certainly give Howe’s men something different and has goals and assists in his locker.
There is a feeling that he would complement Bruno Guimaraes in Newcastle‘s engine room
The 25-year-old has produced outstanding numbers for Leicester and enjoyed his best campaign yet in 2021/22. Maddison notched 18 goals and provided 12 assists.
So far this term he has scored three times and laid on one goal in seven outings.
Maddison’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2024, meaning Leicester need to start working on a renewal.
The longer they leave it, the more likely the playmaker will be snapped up – either in January or next summer.
Newcastle target still eyes World Cup spot
Maddison, meanwhile, remains hopeful that his current form will earn him a place in England’s World Cup squad.
The playmaker was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Nations League games with Italy and Germany. They were the final outings for the Three Lions before they head to Qatar in November.
And former England defender Jamie Carragher has a theory on Maddison’s continued England snubs.
The Sky Sports pundit thinks part of the problem is teams like Newcastle are pursuing him, rather than clubs from the ‘Big Six’. This shows Maddison is just a step behind England selection rivals Phil Foden and Mason Mount.
Carragher also made a comparison between Maddison and Harry Maguire. The centre-back played both games even though he is out of form with Manchester United.
“I like Maddison and he has a strong claim for the squad but don’t get carried away,” Carragher said (via Leicestershire Live).
“He was fighting for his place last season at Leicester and has done very well this season. Newcastle made a bid, not one of the top six.
“Maguire gets picked for being outstanding in two tournaments.”
Newcastle and Leicester are both back in Premier League action this weekend when they face Fulham and Nottingham Forest respectively.