‘Really developed’: Brendan Rodgers describes Tottenham, 26, as ‘one of the best’ PL players

Brendan Rodgers has spoken widely about James Maddison and how Tottenham Hotspur’s summer signing is now “one of the top players” in the Premier League.

The Celtic manager worked alongside James Maddison at Leicester City and he would have seen the 26-year-old develop into a player who has now returned to the England side after a three-year absence.

Since joining Tottenham this summer, Maddison has rocked the world and helped new manager Ange Postecoglou to an unbeaten start, scoring twice and providing the same number of assists in his four Premier League games.

Brendan Rodgers mentioned how his former player fits in with an attacking coach he says he’s getting with Postecoglou talkSPORT breakfast (09/06/23 at 9:15 am).

Of course, he has achieved the same with Rodgers in Leicester colors, which is why he has scored 22 goals and provided 17 assists in the last two seasons.

However, this is what Rodgers had to say about Maddison’s qualities as a player and his move to Tottenham.

Preston North End v Leicester City – pre-season friendly
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“No, not at all (surprised by Maddison),” Rodgers said. “I think there are two aspects. First of all, he’s really evolved, James. When I first went to Leicester he had things to work on but his talent was clear.

“People who know him well, he really loves the game. He loves football. His personality is fantastic. But he’s a top player, so I’m very happy for him.

“I’m also going to Tottenham with Ange, he’s an attacking coach and James suits an attacking style. He needs a manager who attacks the game. This will suit him well.

“Tottenham as a club is a club with a long history of really good football so he will fit in perfectly.” I can’t praise him enough, he’s great as a young man and as a footballer he’s one of the top players in the Premier League .”

Celtic v Athletic Bilbao pre-season friendly
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Can Maddison send Spurs back to Europe?

One of the main reasons the Spurs haven’t missed Harry Kane is the impact Maddison has made.

Spurs fans have yearned for a player like him for years and now that the prolific midfielder has arrived, he is exactly what they were hoping for.

What matters now is Maddison’s ability to maintain his performances and whether he can help the team return to Europe.

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