James Maddison

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If you’re young and British you’re being linked with us.

Although for what it’s worth, out of all the young guys we’ve been linked with this is the one that would excite me most. I think he has terrific technical ability and I think has what it takes to make the step up, albeit with just one premier league season under his belt.
 

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Started the season fantastically but dipped towards the end. But I agree it would be a good signing but you’re looking at a massive price. Leicester didn’t get him cheap.
 

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Really liked him last season but shout out to the scouting department for finding another player who’s transfer value has trebled in 12 months.

If the club did cash in on Pogba he wouldn’t be the worst shout at a replacement on your door step.
 

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Think actually this would be a really good signing for us. Young with good PL experience. A really good CM which is a big need for us.
 

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Needs to add the killer touch which is goals if he wants to be considered as no doubt Leicester will be asking £75-80m again for him.

It's certainly a position we need to improve if we are going to play a 4-2-3-1 system then we need a player like Maddison to be the number 10 but I guess it may depend on how well Gomes does this season he was considered a top talent when he's been coming through the youth teams can he make that step up and take that spot this season?
 

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Would love us to sign him. He's exactly the kind of player we should be looking at.
 

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Would love us to sign him. He's exactly the kind of player we should be looking at.
Do you spend £70m on Maddison or spend another £20-30m on the next Maddison who lights up the Championship this season?

Utd have got to start getting the scouts spotting this talent before clubs like Leicester get hold of them like they've done with James this season as the cost of buying them when they've already made the jump is ridiculous and not sustainable.
 

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I think we can save a fortune if we just give Gomes a chance. Not saying he’s going to be amazing or anything like that but got to give the lad a chance.

At the moment I think Maddison is decent but not mega quality yet, he does need to add goals to his game and I think he is still quite wasteful. Would have been good to take a gamble at £20-30m in the Championship but Leicester would want ridiculous money now!
 

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I think even if Gomes came through we'd still need another as you need a squad but yeah him breaking through either as the first or second choice option would be ideal.
 

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Do you spend £70m on Maddison or spend another £20-30m on the next Maddison who lights up the Championship this season?

Utd have got to start getting the scouts spotting this talent before clubs like Leicester get hold of them like they've done with James this season as the cost of buying them when they've already made the jump is ridiculous and not sustainable.
Umm yeah I'd spend that on Maddison. Let other teams spend less on the next such and such. The approach Fergie took was to sign the top young talents from Premier League teams. At least then you know they can handle the league.
 

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Fergie did it from a position of power though. We could afford to bed those guys in. Also do Pogba and Maddison fit in the same side? I feel the Maddison role is the role Pogba should be playing. No defensive duties just go out and play freely.
 

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Umm yeah I'd spend that on Maddison. Let other teams spend less on the next such and such. The approach Fergie took was to sign the top young talents from Premier League teams. At least then you know they can handle the league.
Very true but times were very different Utd were the big swinging dick in town we had the grip over the league in terms of finances like Bayern or PSG it's a different league now. Ignore the numbers but in 2009 Utd took Spurs best player Berbatov for £30m at the time a big fee, what would it cost to buy Spurs best player now and would they want to come? Sadly no.

Utd have got to box clever and get the right players I think Maddison certainly has the swagger to play for Utd but does he have the ability to handle the extra pressure? We probably wouldn't find that out until he came here.

Maddison for me would be a sensible buy but he's not a sure thing he doesn't score many goals but he does create a lot of chances but you're paying £70m for Maddison or £70m for Dybala who is more proven at the European level.

We all know Pogba will be leaving next summer if he does then there's definitely space for a player like Maddison but he is the luxury type midfield player and to be that player you need to have huge attacking outputs.
 

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David Ornstein: "Some I have spoken to with links to all three parties [United, Leicester and the player's camp] feel the 22-year-old will move to Old Trafford within the next year."
 

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How many United players get in a combined Leicester/United starting 11? And is Maddison one of the few that doesn’t? Surely it means losing Pogba?

Or is Pogba going to play in the middle of the 3 with Maddison ahead and McTominay behind?
 

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Depends on the system 4-2-3-1 means Maddison behind the striker as the number 10 with Pogba in the 2 which is how he plays for France but reality is he will be a Pogba replacement because Pogba will be gone in the summer as everyone knows he doesn't want to be here.

My worry with Maddison is the outputs against the price he's going to cost £80m like Maguire for an £80m attacking player you want 40+ goals contributions a season (goals and assists). Top tier price for a player who is yet to be proven as top tier which is the gamble we face with everyone we buy.

For me if we're sticking with 4-2-3-1 a specialist number 10 who can score and create is vital and if Pogba does stay then it will give him another player he can find when he looks forward as currently we've struggled to get our number 10 on the ball and influence the game.
 

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who is going to buy Pogba? Perez doesn't want him
Well I’d say there are 3 clubs Madrid, Juve and PSG who are options but for any of them to happen he needs to get fit show it on the pitch for Utd and dominate for France in the euros next summer. If he does that then offers might come but it’s a very small group of clubs who can go for him because of everything.

As for Maddison it feels like we are the only show in town for him can Utd use this to drive his price down but he’s got plenty of years on his contract so it willl be very tough to do as Leicester drive a hard bargain they set their price and stick to it. They did it with Mahrez and Maguire and both times they got what they wanted.
 

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