Gabby Agbonlahor has been left impressed with Tottenham Hotspur, and especially James Maddison after the impact he has made.
Maddison joined Spurs in the summer transfer window from Leicester City for around £40m, and has been outstanding for Ange Postecoglou’s side who sit at the top of the Premier League table.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Aston Villa striker has suggested that Maddison and Liverpool’s Dominik Szoboszlai are the two candidates who can be considered for the signing of the season.
Szoboszlai joined the Reds in July from RB Leipzig for a fee of around £60m and has been immense for the side. His playing style has already drawn comparisons with club legend Steven Gerrard, and Agbonlahor is equally impressed with him as well.
However, between the two, he thinks Maddison narrowly edges the Liverpool midfielder because he has added “different dimension” to the side.
“It’s between Maddison and [Liverpool’s Dominik] Szoboszlai. Maddison because he’s just added that different dimension to Spurs,” said Agbonlahor on talkSPORT.
“You had [Giovani] Lo Celso hanging around, before you had [Bryan] Gil and it was a hard watch. Maybe that’s why the manager had to play five at the back.
“Now you’re watching them and Maddison’s getting on the ball. The assist against Luton in tight places, he can score goals, a great goal against Burnley.
“For the money as well, £40million, I think Leicester going down has done Spurs a favour. I just think the way Maddison is fitting in at Spurs has to be the signing of the summer.”
Fascinating title race
Maddison has been the central creative force for Spurs this season. The 26-year-old proved his class for Leicester City and it doesn’t surprise us that he has excelled at the north London club.
The England international has managed two goals and five assists in the Premier League already and he is expected to play a key role if Spurs are to finish within the top four this season.
Many pundits, including Agbonlahor, had suggested that Spurs would struggle after the departure of Harry Kane. But that hasn’t happened. In fact, Spurs have become a better team without the England skipper.
While they are leading the table at the moment, it’s hard to think that they can stay there for the rest of the season. Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool are likely to fight for the title, but it will be a massive achievement for Spurs if they get into the top four in Postecoglou’s first season in charge.
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