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Former Leeds striker names 22-year-old English star as the ideal Eriksen replacement



Noel Whelan claims James Maddison is the perfect Christian Eriksen replacement

Former Leeds United and Middlesbrough forward Noel Whelan believes James Maddison is the perfect replacement for Christian Eriksen.

The Tottenham star is out of a contract at the end of the season and has struggled for consistency this campaign.

Spurs haven’t done well in recent weeks and their most recent result was a shock loss to Colchester United in the Carabao Cup.

James Maddison
James Maddison celebrates after scoring

On the flip side, Maddison and Leicester have done well under Brendan Rodgers. The Foxes sit third in the Premier League after six games, and the midfielder has been one of the stars of the season.

Maddison scored the winner against us a week back and has even been called up for the England senior side recently.

The 22-year-old is one of the most creative midfielders in the league, and Whelan told Football Insider (h/t Sun) as to why Maddison could replace Eriksen:

“James Maddison is good enough to replace Eriksen, absolutely.

“I saw him when he was breaking through at Coventry and Norwich, and he is a great player.

“He’s now part of the England set-up and you can see why. He’s technically excellent, quick-thinking, has a great passing range and hurts teams with his creativity.”

The former Coventry star added that there are several clubs interested in Maddison:

“He’s a real gem who would be the perfect Eriksen replacement. The problem for Tottenham is there will be plenty of competition for his signature.

“You can see Liverpool, Man City, all the big boys wanting him.”

Maddison to solve our attacking problems?

Tottenham were linked with Maddison during his Coventry days but ultimately decided against signing the Englishman (h/t Standard).

The midfielder has developed into a quality footballer at Leicester, and he would provide us with more attacking threat. Leicester won’t be easy to deal with given how much they sold Harry Maguire for, and it will be interesting to see if they are willing to part with Maddison.

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