Maddison and Barnes likely to sign for one of these EPL clubs

Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates with James Maddison (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates with James Maddison (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images) /

Leicester City Football Club are more than likely ready to sell star duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes to one of these respective Premier League clubs. Foxes of Leicester outline media stories and offer a verdict on the pair’s future.

Arsenal, Newcastle United or Tottenham Hotspur seem the most probable destinations for Maddison over the next few months. He has one-year remaining on his contract.

Meanwhile West Ham United and Aston Villa feel much more likely teams for Harvey Barnes. He would not make the grade as a starter for a big six EPL side, in my opinion.

Irreplaceable Leicester City stars?

In spite of pretty impressive goal contribution outputs from both ‘Madders’ and ‘Barnesy’, they have their fragile moments. Everyone, even elite professional footballers, has ineffective times on the pitch. However, these two in particular could be cited as occasionally weak and uncompetitive. Neither is irreplaceable as such, although it is always a bonus to have homegrown internationals in the squad.

Barnes is the Leicester City Academy product, but also the lesser quality player overall out of the two. Deadly on his day, yet passive and uninterested in getting stuck in on others. Barnes’s finishing often lacks a clinical dimension, but he’ll then subsequently knock in a worldie.

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The former Norwich City man is a supremely talented individual who can do almost everything and anything on the field of play. For his negative play acting, you are awarded free-kicks as a positive counterbalance. Again, I can only criticise him for being slightly brittle and uncompetitive during matches requiring a battle. While those attributes are not a prerequisite of his position and style, other No.10s and wingers are able to fight. It will, nevertheless, be a shame when they both depart in the summer; bettering them may be difficult for a few seasons. Verdict on the pair: replaceable, in general, Maddison less so.