Leicester City ace James Maddison says he is unfazed by the pressure and is confident he can continue to learn under Brendan Rodgers. The playmaker grabbed his first goal of the season on Saturday as he helped his side beat Tottenham 2-1 at King Power Stadium.
Spurs’ Harry Kane had opened the scoring in the first half, but Ricardo Pereira and Maddison helped the Foxes climb into third in the Premier League table.
Leicester have now won four out of their last five matches in all competitions, and their fans could be seeing another push towards Europe once again. The likes of Maddison, Jamie Vardy, Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans and Kasper Schmeichel will be crucial to their fortunes.
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Boss Brendan Rodgers has used Maddison through the middle and at left-wing so far this season, but the former Norwich City ace says he is happy to play anywhere as he continues to improve in the top flight.
He said on Astro Supersport: “When [Rodgers] first came in, he took me for a chat and he said, ‘You don’t want to be labelled as a number 10.’ “He said: ‘You can add extra strings to your bow, you can play off the left sometimes, play as an eight.’ If I can add these things to my profile, it will take me to the next level.
This season, I’ve played on the left. I played as an eight on Saturday. I’m thriving on that. “The more people that are talking about me, the more pressure that is put on me, I thrive on that, to be honest. That’s the type of person I am. I’ll keep listening, keep learning and keep doing what the manager is asking.”
Maddison will be hoping his performances can impress England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the next round of fixtures. The Three Lions are back in action in October as they prepare to play the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.