Dean Jones says Arsenal made a mistake signing Havertz over Tottenham star James Maddison
Speaking to GiveMeSport, notorious journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Arsenal made a mistake signing Chelsea flop Kai Havertz this summer and should have instead tried pursuing a move for Tottenham star James Maddison when he was still at Leicester City.
Arsenal’s decision to part ways with £65 million for Havertz from Chelsea did raise some eyebrows. The German international had endured a challenging stint at Stamford Bridge, with inconsistency plaguing his performances.
Fast forward to the present, and Havertz finds himself omitted from the Gunners’ starting lineup against Everton, further igniting the discourse surrounding the wisdom of his acquisition.
Meanwhile, across North London, James Maddison has wasted no time in leaving his mark since joining Tottenham, already receiving the Premier League Player of the Month award for August.
At a mere £40 million, Maddison’s signing is already being hailed as a shrewd piece of business, positioning him as a top contender for the title of the summer transfer window’s standout signing.
Dean Jones has voiced his reservations, hinting that Mikel Arteta’s men may rue their decision if Maddison becomes the game-changer in the impending North London derby. According to Jones, Arsenal viewed Havertz as Chelsea’s crown jewel, and they believed they had secured a smart deal.
However, hindsight now suggests that Maddison, an available option at a reasonable fee, might have been the wiser choice. It raises the question: did Arsenal miss an opportunity that could cost them dearly?
Reflecting on the matter, Jones remarked
“You look at it now and obviously, in hindsight, you would rather have James Maddison in your team than Havertz. So you look at it in broad daylight, and you think Arsenal could have got him. They’ve now made a mistake really by not getting him and allowing him to go to their north London rivals”
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Tottenham aren’t complaining. James Maddison is setting the Premier League alight and has made sure we don’t miss our previous number 10 one bit. The fact that our rivals missed out on him is the icing on the cake.