Leicester City vs. Tottenham prediction: Live stream, betting, TV, team news - Premier League 2018-19 preview - Evening Standard

Leicester City vs. Tottenham prediction: Live stream, betting, TV, team news - Premier League 2018-19 preview - Evening Standard

Why Tottenham decided to sign Leicester star Maddison When James Maddison starts for Leicester against Tottenham on Saturday, there may be some senior figures at Spurs wondering what might have been.
In 2015, they came close to signing a teenage Maddison from Coventry after word spread about the prodigious attacking midfielder. Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, then in charge of QPR, raved about Maddison to his ex-colleagues, and a £ 350,000 deal was mooted.
Liverpool were so interested but Spurs appeared to be the frontrunners before negotiations stalled. Maddison, who earned a full call to England in October, is worth more than 100 times that now, having joined Norwich for £ 2.3m in January 2016 and then Leicester for £ 22m in the summer.
The 22-year-old has scored five league goals since joining the Foxes, including the equalizer in the 1-1 draw at Fulham on Wednesday. Leicester paid over the odds, believing he is a clever player without enough quality on the ball to displace any of their front four.
While Maddison has already proved to be in the Premier League, where Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela have all impressed this season. Alli is expected to return to missing the 3-1 win over Southampton.
But Tottenham's failure to land Maddison is part of the club's policy. Gareth Bale, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone all successes.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have gone away from this transfer strategy, initially championed by chairman Daniel Levy, with the manager claiming it's too risky – signing Alli from League One's MK Dons for just £ 5million in the Argentine's first season. "[Bale] what a little bit lucky, to be honest, "Pochettino said in September. "Maybe you've signed Bale but many others fail. It's about percentages, always. If every season you sign 10 young players, it's a gamble. Normally, in 10, five are good, one is excellent and four disappear. "
The Argentine, Chris Gunter, signed the same time as Bale, Kyle Naughton, who joined in a double deal with Walker, and Andy Reid, who arrived with Dawson.
Ademola Lookman, who joined Everton from Charlton, Ben Wilmot, now at Watford, Brentford's Ollie Watkins, Blackburn's Bradley Dack, and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish among others.
Puchettino has raised the bar since joining in summer 2014, he says: "Spurs's first XI without buying proven quality, leaving them reluctant to enter the transfer market for the likes of Maddison.
Pochettino wants to have one eye on Tuesday's Champions League group-stage 'final' at Barcelona when he names his XI. The visitors have Jan Vertonghen in the final stages of Wednesday night's Kieran Trippier. ,

Leave a comment

Send a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.