The Rise Of James Maddison: Coventry City to England International

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James Maddison

James Maddison born in Coventry, aged 22, currently an attacking midfielder for Leicester City FC. Initially, many were sceptical around the signing of Maddison due to the fee being in excess of £20m. It was huge gamble to sign such a young player for that fee with no premier league experience. (Sky Sports 2018) However, Maddison has proven all doubters wrong and has been deserving of all the plaudits he is getting. The 22-year-old has already scored three goals and two assists in his first 12 Premier League matches. (Premier League 2018)

However, this sudden rise to the Premier League was not shocking to all but for former coach Richard Stevens outlines there was no surprise, this rise seemed certain. Stevens claimed his ‘technique, vision, speed of though and control’ were unmatched for a player of his age. (Sky -Sports, Adam Bate 2018). Additionally, Stevens states Maddison’s constant ability to adapt was key in this rise and, thus aiding his development.

Maddison started his career playing for his local club Coventry City making his debut in August 2014, he later signed his first professional contract in November that year for the Sky Blues. He was a product of the academy who was able to break into the first team and was able to get a move to Championship side Norwich just two seasons after signing his first professional contract. Norwich City signed Maddison in 2016 in the region of £3m, however he was loaned back to Coventry that season. (Transfer Market 2018)

Whilst at Norwich FC, Maddison became an integral part of The Canaries in the 2017/18 season, scoring an impressive 14 goals and eight assists from midfield finishing joint eight goal-scorer. (Who Scored 2018) After completing his loan spell at Aberdeen, Maddison made his league debut in April 2017 and scored on his debut, later on in that season Maddison signed a four-year deal with the club. Maddison went on to named in the Championship Team of 2017/18 and nominated for Young Player of the Season, just showing how remarkable he was that season. Also, collecting Norwich City’s player of the season for 2017/18 by the supporters reinforces this. (Norwich FC 218)

He was able to hit the ground running and this top form led to his first call up to the England national side. Despite not making his debut for England, being called is a remarkable achievement for a player of his age. This rise from playing for Coventry City in 2014 to his first England call up in just fours years. Clearly highlighting if you keep trying and pushing yourself any of you young footballers could become the next Maddison!!



Premier League (2018) James Maddison stats. [Accessed 28/11/18]

Sky Sports (2018) James Maddison signed by Leicester but made in Coventry. [Accessed 28/11/18]

Transfer Market (2018) James Maddison. [Accessed 28/11/18]

Norwich FC (2018) James Maddison named player of the Season. [Accessed 30/11/18]

Who Scored (2018) James Maddison. [Accessed 29/11/18]


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