‘He will come. Of course, he will come’: Elite playmaker tipped to pick Tottenham over Man Utd, Newcastle
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara is backing his old club to win the race for a top Premier League playmaker this summer, despite their struggles this season.
There are expected to be numerous changes, both behind the scenes and on the pitch, at Spurs this summer as they prepare to appoint another permanent manager after a difficult campaign in which in their top-four challenge has completely fallen away.
Whoever is appointed in north London is expected to be handed funds in a major revamp of a squad that has been found wanting during the second half of the season.
Former Bayern Munch boss Julian Nagelsmann remains the favourite for the role, with positive talks deemed to have taken place with Daniel Levy.
Changing the style of football is expected to be a major topic of conversation for whoever takes over, with a lack of midfield creativity clear after Rodrigo Bentancur’s season-ending injury in February.
And one of the club’s top targets, Leicester City’s James Maddison, is being heavily tipped to make the move down south.
The £50million England international is wanted by a number of clubs after proving to be a shining light in a battle against relegation for the Foxes.
As well as Spurs, Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal have all been linked with the 26-year-old.
However, O’Hara is confident that his old team will win that race, telling talkSPORT in a few very short words: “He will come. Of course, he will come.”
Maddison, who will soon be entering the final year of his contract, looks almost certain to quit Leicester this summer even if they avoid the drop.
Tottenham crying out for Maddison creativity
There is little doubt that the attacking midfielder is very much what Tottenham need, given their very one-dimensional midfield.
Even when Bentancur was fully fit the service to the front players was not always where it needed to be.
In 26 appearances for the Foxes this season, Maddison has scored nine goals and added eight assists. Those sort of figures are far and away better than anything that Spurs’ midfield have produced.
To that end, the north London club are expected to make a significant play for Maddison, although much will depend on who they appoint as Antotio Conte’s permanent successor.
Meanwhile, there are also rumours they have an alternative to Maddison lined up, if the Foxes man stays put or opts to go elsewhere.
Tottenham are back in action on Saturday when they head to Aston Villa in the Premier League.
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