Emile Heskey has opined that Leicester City midfielder James Maddison will not be distracted by interest from Manchester United. The 22-year-old English man has played a vital role in the Foxes’ blistering start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign as they currently sit third on the Premier League log.
Maddison has contributed 3 goals and 2 assists to Brendan Rodgers’ side thus far and has remained consistent since last season where he played his part by contributing 14 goals.
It can be recalled that Emile Heskey was in a similar shoe at Leicester at age 22 before Liverpool broke their transfer record to land him.
Emile Heskey spoke about his experience at the time on behalf of GentingBet in a chat with Express Sport: “It depends on the individual. It never fazed me.
“[Speculation] just showed me I was doing something right. I know for other players it might be a distraction for them – but for me it wasn’t.
“I don’t think it’s a distraction for Maddison because he’s had it from day dot with Coventry to Norwich, and then he’s gone on loan, and then he’s come to Leicester. I don’t think it affects him either.”
James Maddison created 100 chances in 2018/19 and this was more than any player in that season. Therefore, it’s understandable that the Red Devils must part with a fortune to stand any chance of landing the impressive Englishman.
This is shortly after they landed Harry Maguire from Leicester in a record deal of £85million this past summer.
“[Leicester] don’t need to sell him,” Heskey frankly asserts. “The owners know they don’t need to sell him.
“Him being linked to the likes of Manchester United show that he’s actually doing well – and that’s a good thing for the club.
“Brendan [Rodgers] has got great owners backing him so he doesn’t necessarily need to sell anyone regardless of who’s interested.
“It’s completely down to the manager what he wants to do. They’re pushing to better themselves.”
Leicester appear to be an interesting proposition than Manchester United presently based on how the season has panned out thus far, coupled with the state-of-the-art £100m training facility due to open in nine months.
Making it to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League next season by finishing in the top 4 may be a priority for the club, but Heskey doubts that the Foxes have what it takes to make it that far.
“I’m not sure about top four because of the longevity over the season it takes,” the former England forward says.
“Brendan has done a fantastic job to make them understand how he wants them to play; the high-pressing.
“They’re young as well and it’ll be exciting to see what they can achieve.”