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“I used to watch him”- James Maddison reveals the Tottenham icon he revered in the past

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James Maddison reveals he followed Tottenham Hotspur Christian Eriksen as a young footballer

Tottenham Hotspur star James Maddison has revealed that he followed Christian Eriksen’s career as a youngster.

The Danish playmaker was, of course, one of our best players during his prime. He joined us in the summer of 2013 and played here for six-and-a-half seasons before joining Inter Milan, registering 69 goals and 90 assists in 305 games for us.

He couldn’t win a trophy with us but he was instrumental in making us one of the most exciting teams in England under Mauricio Pochettino. During his formative years, Maddison followed Eriksen’s progress at Spurs.

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James Maddison of Tottenham Hotspur to with Harry Kane for England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Eriksen arrived in north London after being one of the most-hyped youngsters to come out of Ajax’s academy in a long time. And he didn’t let anyone down here.

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Maddison played for Coventry City, Norwich City and Aberdeen (on loan) before getting a move to Leicester City in 2018. This is where he started to make an impression for himself as one of England’s finest playmakers.

Speaking in a recent interview, Maddison disclosed, via the Guardian:

“I used to watch him [Eriksen] when I was a little bit younger, making my way in the game. As my career developed and he was still at Tottenham, [I was] playing against him, swapping shirts with him, telling him what I thought of him as a player, him being such a nice guy in response to that.

“He was definitely someone I looked at, especially when I was in that teenage phase of watching players in my position at the top of their game.”

Maddison is in line to make his Premier League debut when Spurs take on Brentford later today. With no Harry Kane in the team now, the onus will be on him and others around him to reproduce the goals.

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If he has a career half as good as Eriksen’s at Tottenham on an individual level, the 26-year-old’s transfer from Leicester City can be deemed a success. We finally have a No. 10 again!

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