James Maddison is reportedly ‘almost certain’ to leave Leicester City following relegation, with Newcastle United leading Tottenham in the pursuit.
Maddison has impressed thoroughly in a Foxes shirt over the past few seasons. The attacking-midfielder has placed himself right within the best players outside of a ‘big-six’ side in the Premier League.
That’s due to the fact he’s strung fantastic seasons together since for his entire top-flight career. He’s directly contributed to at least nine goals in each of the Premier League campaigns he’s played in.
The last two season have seen him up his levels. Indeed, last term, Maddison scored 12 goals and provided eight assists, with his side finishing eighth.
This season, he’s maintained stellar form despite the Foxes slacking. Indeed, while they were eventually relegated from the Premier League, Maddison was a shining light.
He managed to score 10 goals and provide nine assists – a great achievement in a side that obviously struggled a lot.
It’s no surprise, amid his fantastic period of form, that he’s got a lot of suitors. Newcastle and Tottenham are the two sides that seem the most keen to snare him.
And following relegation, it would seem his exit is a definite.
Maddison ‘almost certain’ to leave with Newcastle leading
A report from Football Insider has confirmed that assumption. Indeed, it states the playmaker is ‘almost certain’ to leave as a result of the relegation.
Indeed, Maddison is too good a player to be playing in the Championship, especially with big teams on his tail.
Another factor in Leicester’s decision to let him go is his contract. Maddison’s deal runs out next summer, and they’ll be able to receive a decent fee for him now, rather than risk him leaving for nothing at the end of next season.
A followup Football Insider report states out of the two most interested, sides, Newcastle are in the best position. Indeed, it’s reported the Magpies are the ‘frontrunners’ to land him.
The report cites ‘uncertainty over the next manager and recruitment situation’ at Spurs as the reason they’re not in a better position.
No surprise Newcastle in front as negotiations progress
Beyond that, it’s not difficult to see why Newcastle are better placed to land the star.
They have great financial backing, and are a side very much on the rise. They finished fourth in the Premier League this season, and as such have Champions League football to offer.
There’ll be no European football of any kind at Spurs next season, after their disappointing eighth-placed finish.
What’s more, it’s stated the Magpies are ‘close to breaking through in negotiations’ with Maddison. Everything is pointing to the fact he’ll be lining up at St James’ Park next season.