New Tottenham Hotspur maestro James Maddison believes he is the same type of player as Christian Eriksen but refuses to put himself “on the same level” as the Dane.
Spurs paid 40 million pounds wanted to sign the 26-year-old in June as head coach Ange Postecoglou took advantage of Leicester City’s relegation. Although Maddison continued to impress, the Foxes returned to the Championship after finishing the Premier League season just two points behind Everton.
Maddison scored ten goals and nine assists in his 30 appearances in the 2022/23 season. Only in the 2021/22 season, when he scored twelve goals in 35 games, did the English midfielder score more often. He had never prepared more than eight goals in the top division.
Can Maddison become Tottenham’s long-awaited successor to Eriksen?
Life has begun in north London and Maddison is looking to continue with two goals and two assists in four games. He provided two assists on his Tottenham debut against Brentford. The three-cap star would then score against both AFC Bournemouth and Burnley.
Such a lively start to his career in the capital suggests Maddison could be Tottenham’s long-awaited successor to Eriksen. The 31-year-old was a magician throughout his outing at White Hart Lane. He left Spurs after seven years in January 2020 to join Inter Milan 17 million pounds act.
Tottenham paid AFC Ajax £11.5m signed the 21-year-old Eriksen in August 2013. The 121-cap Danish hero scored 51 goals and assisted 67 in 226 Premier League games. He gave Spurs 69 goals and 90 assists in 305 appearances across all competitions.
What did Maddison just say about Eriksen and Spurs?
Maddison believes Tottenham have been missing a playmaker of Eriksen’s level since the maestro – now at Manchester United – left north London. But the Coventry-born creator believes he is the same type of player as the Dane. Although Maddison refuses to say he is on Eriksen’s level.
“They’ve always had that type of player,” Maddison told the Independent. “This type of midfielder wants to be creative, entertain the fans and be a personality.
“Christian Eriksen has been there for the last few years, but this type of player has probably not been around since him. I would put myself in this category. I don’t put myself on the same level. But I’m that type of player.”
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