Maddison to Tottenham looks increasingly doubtful

Tottenham has already signed six players this summer, but more could be on the way, with players being connected from all around the world. Antonio Conte must watch all of his new signings in action while also assessing his Spurs group ahead of the 2022/23 season.

 

So far this summer, the Lilywhites have seen Cameron Carter-Vickers, Steven Bergwijn, and Jack Clarke leave for good, while Troy Parrott became the club’s first loanee.

 

Many players desire regular game time and some are not in Conte’s plans for the forthcoming season, so there will be a number of additional outgoings in the coming month or two.

 

The Italian has added a goalkeeper, two defenders, a midfielder, and an attacker to his team. Further incomings may be contingent on those leaving, but that hasn’t stopped many from becoming linked.

 

Leicester’s James Maddison is one of these players. Last season, the 25-year-old made 35 Premier League games, starting 28 of them and contributing 20 goals.

 

This demonstrates the impact he can have on a squad that finished seventh last season. Maddison is a versatile player who played in six different positions last season, the majority of which were as an attacking midfielder.

 

That is just one advantage Conte would have if he moved to the capital, and it would also provide the England international more opportunities for regular playing time.

 

Maddison has already expressed a desire to play in the Champions League, something his present club will be unable to provide next season.

 

Playing in the best European competition, with a world-class manager and outstanding facilities, would undoubtedly entice the 25-year-old to join N17.

 

A move to a top-four club would also be a step up for Maddison, and with Brendan Rodgers recently characterising his form as “the best he’s seen him,” now could be the ideal time for a switch.

 

However, former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson, doesn’t believe that the Englishman is the right transfer for Spurs to make. “I really like him. I think he is a top attacking midfielder,” he told Football Insider.

 

“He gets goals, is creative, has an eye for a pass and would improve with better players around him. No disrespect to Leicester but in a top-four team I think he would offer more.

 

“I just don’t see where he fits in at Spurs though. When you look at the system Conte plays and the signings they have made. There is not really a slot for him,” Robinson added.

 

“Conte plays a rigid system – a back three, wing-backs, two midfielders and a front three. For me, Maddison doesn’t fit into that system.

 

“He is a midfielder who likes to sit in behind the forwards. I cannot see him coming off the wide. That is not where he’s at his best,” the ex-professional continued.

 

“I like him, he’s a top, top player. But I cannot see how he fits into the starting XI at Spurs. He would not want to be a bit-part player either.”