James Maddison

James Maddison

Leicester City's 2021/22 Player of the Season James Maddison has lifted the Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield with the Foxes.
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Full Name
James Maddison
Date of Birth
23 November 1996
5'9" (175cm)
11st 7lbs (73kg)
Professional Debut
13 August 2014

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Since his debut at Manchester United in August 2018, up until the present day, Maddison's potential has attracted considerable acclaim, which helped him to become a full England international in 2019.

The Coventry-born midfielder is renowned as a free-kick specialist, often scoring extraordinary goals for the Foxes, while his hard-working nature has also established him as a favourite among the Blue Army. He has made over 170 appearances for the Club, winning the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield, also representing Leicester City in European competition. 

Maddison started his career at hometown club Coventry City's academy, making his debut in 2014 in a League Cup defeat to Cardiff City, before quickly making a name for himself in the Football League.

The attacking midfielder wore the No.10 shirt during the 2015/16 campaign, scoring two goals before signing for Norwich City in February and returning to Coventry on loan for the remainder of the season.

Maddison signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Canaries but did not make his debut until a year later, following up his temporary return to Coventry with another loan spell at Scottish side Aberdeen. 

During his half-season in Scotland, the exciting prospect played 17 times for the Dons in all competitions, famously scoring a spectacular free-kick in the final minute to secure a 2-1 victory over Rangers.

After returning to Norwich in 2017 and netting on his debut against Preston North End, Maddison played an important role throughout the rest of 2017/18 as the Canaries finished eighth in the second tier.

He concluded the season with 15 goals and eight assists to his name, earning him an England Under-21s call-up in 2017, which led to him making his Young Lions debut against Ukraine in November 2017.

That excellent form in the Championship alerted Leicester to his talents and Claude Puel secured his services on a five-year contract in 2018, a move which would lead to senior international involvement.

Maddison was now an established part of England's Under-21s squad, while also scoring a fantastic free-kick against Huddersfield Town and a memorable volley against Watford in his first Premier League season.

He finished his debut Premier League campaign with 14 goal contributions, and was named City's Young Player of the Season at the End of Season Awards as Leicester finished in ninth place in the top flight.

In November 2019, meanwhile, Maddison's excellent start to the 2019/20 season was rewarded with a senior international debut from the bench in England's 7-0 win over Montenegro at Wembley Stadium. That was a result of the pivotal role he played in elevating Rodgers' Foxes up the Premier League standings to contend for European qualification during the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. 

Chiefly among his 2019/20 highlights were long-range stunners against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, while a superb free-kick in October contributed to a record 9-0 triumph at Southampton.

Ahead of the 2020/21 season, following a fifth-placed finish the year earlier, securing UEFA Europa League football, Maddison signed a new four-year contract at King Power Stadium. Another fifth-placed finish followed, while Maddison was also a key protagonist of the Club's run to lifting the Emirates FA Cup. 

Although injury problems piled up for City in 2021/22, Maddison's form skyrocketed, with 18 goals. He also became the first Foxes player since Riyad Mahrez to register 10+ goals and 10+ assists in a single campaign, earning him the 2021/22 Player of the Season prize.

It was a campaign which included several memorable moments for City's No.10, including an excellent free-kick against Brentford and a late equaliser at PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League. A magnificent free-kick against newly-promoted East Midlands rivals in October 2022, on the other hand, made it 50 goals for Maddison at Leicester City.

He was later rewarded with an England call-up for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar - although he did not feature as Gareth Southgate's men were knocked out by France in the quarter-finals. 

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