Gabby Agbonlahor has told Leicester City’s relegated star James Maddison to snub a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur and join Champions League side Newcastle United instead.
The England international will be expected to leave the King Power Stadium this summer, after the Foxes dropped down to the Championship on the last day of the Premier League season.
A player of James Maddison’s ilk is ‘perfect’ for Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United, according to Agbonlahor, and he feels the playmaker would want to go ‘bigger than Spurs’, as he told talkSPORT Breakfast (01/06/23 at 9:10 am).
In truth, a player of Maddison’s creative talents and goalscoring ability from the middle of the park, would suit both Newcastle and Tottenham.
But it’s quite clear that one club is on the up and riding a wave, whilst the other faces an uncertain future and still doesn’t even have a new manager in place.
As a result, Agbonlahor thinks there is only one place the ‘very rare’ player will be heading once he makes a call on his future.
“He would want to go bigger than Spurs,” said Agbonlahor. “If I am James Maddison, then I am not going to Spurs. That ship has sailed. They finished eighth, with no European football.
“James Maddison will look at Newcastle. Perfect fit for him. You can see him in that Newcastle side. Playing Champions League football. Better project than what’s happening at Spurs. They are going in a better direction.
“If I am James Maddison, then I am not choosing Spurs, even though he would suit them. They are crying out for a number ten.”
JAMES MADDISON SHOULD PICK NEWCASTLE
It’s not just the Newcastle project and the fact that they will be playing Champions League football. But someone like Howe would take Maddison’s game to the next level.
Whilst someone like Harry Kane would love to play alongside a player of Maddison’s ilk on the domestic stage, his future is uncertain in north London, so why should he join?
Plus, who is going to be Tottenham’s next manager? Unless Daniel Levy hurries up and brings in a new face. The dark clouds over Hotspur Way are only going to get bigger and bigger.