Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has today revealed his opinion that the signing of Leicester City star James Maddison would take the Red Devils to ‘the next level’.
Maddison, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder, only made the move to the King Power Stadium last summer, on the back of a stellar campaign in the Championship with Norwich City.
And, despite his lack of Premier League experience, the Coventry youth product subsequently went on to take to the rigours of top-flight football like a duck to water.
Maddison played a crucial role in Leicester’s top-half finish, starting in all but 3 of the Foxes’ Premier League outings.
He also racked up a none-too-shabby 7 goals and 7 assists in the league alone, with the midfielder’s wicked set-piece delivery and free-kick prowess having lit up the King Power throughout the campaign.
Perfectly showcasing just how impressive a creative outlet Maddison proved over the course of the season was the following statistic:
James Maddison created the most chances (100) and scored more direct free-kicks (3) than any other player during the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Does those sort of stats remind you of anyone? 🎯 pic.twitter.com/f5YnhtKMKX
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 3, 2019
Maddison’s creative streak, meanwhile, has since carried into the beginning of the new season, with 2 goals and 2 assists in Leicester’s first 7 outings.
And it is this consistent excellence which has inevitably led to links between the midfielder and some of England’s top clubs.
The outfit most persistently-named as keen suitors of Maddison over the summer, meanwhile, were Manchester United.
United in pole position to sign Maddison ✍️
Leicester value player at close to £60m 💰
City, Liverpool and Tottenham all retain interest 👀
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) June 3, 2019
‘Quality and energy’
And one individual who is of the opinion that Maddison would prove a game-changing addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad is Gary Pallister.
Speaking in an interview with BonusCodeBets earlier today, former United title-winner Pallister explained:
‘There was a lot of talk about him in the press.’
‘He stood out in the game against Tottenham. He’s got a lot of quality and energy – and he obviously scored the winner.’
‘He’s the type of player who can take Man United to the next level.
The 54-year-old continued:
However, Ole needs to try his best for now to squeeze the best out of the squad he has for the next few months.’
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