In recent times, England have struggled in breaking down defences, especially against some of the more notable nations.
With a clear amount of talent available in abundance in attacking areas, consisting of the likes including… Dele Alli, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Adam Lallana and more there seems to be a bit of a similarity within that needs to be broken.
With Maddison, he has the potential to create his own legacy. Last season was arguably his most successful in professional football and a campaign which subsequently earned him a moved to the promised lands of the Premier League, this coming after Leicester City beat a host of top clubs to the capture of his signature.
After his club teammates and good friends, Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell received senior call ups to the three lion’s senior squad for their friendly against Switzerland, many questioned whether there should have been another fox in the camp, in Maddison.
A positive beginning to his first season in the top flight has got people talking but he still remains calm on his future with England’s senior set up. In a recent interview whilst away on national duty with the U21 squad remained eager to keep his feet on the ground, he said: “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, I’ve only played four games in the Premier League.”
“It is a dream of mine to play for England, it always has been since I was a very young boy.
“Gareth has obviously done a brilliant job. We’ve got such a young squad with so much talent, it’s a good time to be an England player.”
Maddison is a player who has worked from the bottom up and now finds himself in the right place to shine. The 21-year-old started his career with Coventry before moving up a level to Norwich City. Whilst at Norwich he was loaned back to Coventry and then again loaned out to Aberdeen to gain experience.
It was last season, when opportunities came calling for the young Englishman, which he certainly took. Many memorable goals, performances and match winning strikes quickly had his stock growing. The young lion’s soon came calling and then the Premier League, 14 goals and eight assists under management of Daniel Farke at Carrow Road earned him a £24,000,000 move to Leicester City.
With a wand of a right foot and the ability from dead balls many could only hope for Maddison has proved last season that he can changed games in a flash, with many stunning strikes being noted. The only thing stopping him now is the fact he is still unproven in the top league. That may all be about to change though, with a good start, one goal and one assist in four games is certainly not bad for a young man who will no doubt still be adapting.
By James Miller