James Maddison’s move to Tottenham Hotspur in June felt perfect; the charismatic midfielder known for his flair and mischief found an ideal home at a club which appreciates and cherishes players like himself.
Maddison, in his first few Premier League appearances since taking over from Harry Kane as No. 10 player for Spurs, has made an outstanding impression with both goals and assists from just four Premier League appearances – propelling Spurs into second place with 10 points! Fans have quickly taken a liking to him while his confidence soars ahead of his England duties.
With only three caps to his name so far, the 26-year-old Maddison is eager to make a significant impact with the national team in the Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly clash with Scotland. For him, confidence is not just a fleeting boost but a state of mind.
Growing up, Maddison was inspired by players like Paul Gascoigne, renowned for their on-field personality and cheekiness. He relishes interacting with fans, even when faced with criticism, using it as motivation. Maddison thrives on the theatrical aspect of football, sometimes embracing the role of the “villain.”
Maddison’s synergy with Spurs’ new manager, Ange Postecoglou, who encourages freedom and bravery, suits his style perfectly. The midfielder is relishing his role as a left-sided No. 8, relentlessly pressing forward.
However, Maddison’s relationship with England manager Gareth Southgate has not been straightforward. After making a promising debut in 2019 due to injury he largely sidelined until 2022 World Cup and speculation spread that Southgate may have some reservations regarding Maddison’s extroverted personality and social life; Maddison denies this claim by citing Southgate’s praise of him during World Cup as evidence against such speculation.
As Maddison looks ahead to international duty alongside Kane, he reflects on his arrival at Spurs and the No. 10 shirt. He clarifies that he wasn’t waiting for Kane’s departure but was excited about the new era under Postecoglou, which offered a fresh start.
In the end, the No. 10 shirt became available, and Maddison, who has the number tattooed on him, couldn’t resist. His journey at Spurs has been marked by optimism, as the club underwent a positive transformation under the new management.
James Maddison, renowned as an entertaining showman, looks set to make an immediate and long-term impact for both Tottenham and England. Combining flair, confidence, and unreserved passion for football he stands ready to take center stage for both clubs.