Puel Hails Maddison Display

Puel Hails Maddison Display

Leicester boss Claude Puel compared James Maddison to Glenn Hoddle after the midfielder’s superb strike against Watford.

England Under-21 star Maddison scored a brilliant volley in the 2-0 win over the Hornets to cap a turnaround following last week’s red card against Brighton.

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Jamie Vardy’s early penalty put the hosts in charge and Watford never recovered, with Etienne Capoue sent off a minute from time after a two-footed tackle on Kelechi Iheanacho.

Maddison’s strike marked his comeback after he was dismissed for diving in the 1-1 draw on the south coast.

And Puel – who played with Hoddle at Monaco – believes he has seen flashes of the former England manager, who is recovering from a heart attack, in Maddison.

“Yes (I have seen a goal like that) with Glenn Hoddle and I would like to wish Glenn all the best in this moment,” he said. “There’s a comparison there because he (Maddison) can invent some different moves.

“After his sending off he wanted to give a good reward for his team mates, to come back. He was very upset with himself last week. He is improving and he is an intelligent player.

“He’s only played here since the start of the season. He can improve, to give more, but since the beginning he has improved. Before the talent there is the work and he worked for the team.”

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