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Roy Keane makes Kevin de Bruyne point and implies Tottenham’s James Maddison is overrated

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Roy Keane voices opinion on the Tottenham - Chelsea game.

Roy Keane believes James Maddison’s return should not be celebrated more than that of Kevin de Bruyne

Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes James Maddison is overrated, per TBRFootball (h/t Stick to Football podcast). The United cult hero also made comparisons to back his point. He said:

“I think he is a good player. Not as good as everyone is making out. I like him, I think he’s a good player, but I don’t think he’s like De Bruyne coming back for them.”

James Maddison signed for Spurs ahead of the 2023/24 season but was soon sidelined due to an ankle injury. The midfielder is tipped to join his side soon. He was arguably the most in-form player during the opening weeks of the Premier League.

James Maddison injured his ankle at home against Chelsea
James Maddison injured his ankle at home against Chelsea. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The former Leicester man registered three goals and five assists under his belt to help Tottenham go the first 10 games without a loss. James Maddison’s void was filled by many including Dejan Kulusevski, who donned a new role for his boss.

How fair is Roy Keane’s comparison?

Roy Keane is infamous for being brash and The Lilywhites midfielder was at the receiving end this time. As mentioned earlier, the former Manchester star took a jab at James Maddison by comparing the impact of his return to that of Kevin de Bruyne’s.

The Manchester City ace got himself sidelined right at the start of the campaign. He made his Premier League comeback against Newcastle United last week. The Belgian got off the mark immediately by registering a goal and an assist.

Kevin De Bruyne was out of action right from the start of the season
Kevin De Bruyne was out of action right from the start of the season (imago Images)

We already discussed James Maddison’s stats from this season, however, it is to be noted that there is a stark difference between the two. Kevin de Bruyne has been a part of a star-studded Manchester City for quite some time now. Whereas, James Maddison was a part of a relegated Leicester City.

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Tottenham is his first ‘big club’, although they are miles behind Manchester City when it comes to trophies and performances. To compare the two is a bit too far stretched. Nevertheless, should James Maddison pick up from where he left off, Roy Keane will have to change his opinions.

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