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24/3/2021 | 8:32 am
When Noni Madueke left Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in 2018, no one could predict his meteoric rise and now Daniel Levy is ultimately hurt with regret.
In the two and a half seasons since leaving, the 19-year-old gem has emerged as one of England’s best prospects outside of the Premier League.
Madueke followed in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps and decided to swap England for Holland. Manchester United refused to join 24-time Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven for three years.
Should Levy bring Madueke back to Spurs?
This season in particular was a highlight, as the teenage sensation collected 17 goal contributions (nine goals, eight assists) in just 1,105 minutes, according to Transfermarkt.
As a result, its rating has risen. On arrival it was valued at just £ 540,000 but that number is now £ 12.6m and is sure to keep growing alongside its phenomenal shape.
His transformation was largely thanks to former Red Devils rival Ruud van Nistelrooy, who believed his ability in one-on-one situations, combined with his speed, was far better suited to the wing than he was in the No. 10 reel. He’s sure to reap the rewards now.
Madueke’s only goal contribution every 65 minutes is clearly freed from many options in his role, both at Spurs and on the international stage.
Take Sancho as an example, arguably Gareth Southgate’s lead contender starting on the right side of the European Championship this summer. Despite an astonishing 12 goals and 16 assists for Dortmund this season, the former starlet of the city only scores once every 89 minutes.
Jose Mourinho’s best option in this position appears to be Gareth Bale, who has scored ten goals and provided three assists. He is perhaps best compared to Madueke as he has no regular playing time (1,280 minutes), but even then he is still a long way off with a goal contribution every 98.5 minutes.
Former PSV midfielder Tommie van de Leegte made fun of England’s child prodigy on Dutch radio station Omroep Brabant last year. He said (via Goal.com): “He’s quick and has the ability to outsmart his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions. The PSV needs that. “
As shown above, Levy should have done more to keep the kid in North London as he could make such waves by now in the Premier League, and for a man who likes to make a pretty penny, that will be an even tougher one Pill to swallow.
The Spurs chairman could forever regret losing Madueke.
AND in other news, Spurs could find the next Yaya Toure in a £ 13.6m rated prodigy …