Alan Shearer gives a verdict on James Maddison to Manchester United transfer saga


Leicester City’s high flying midfield maestro James Maddison has been linked with a transfer move to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester United this January, but Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer says the Leicester City star should think carefully about his future.

The Red Half of Manchester has been chasing the midfielder from the past couple of transfer windows. Maddison has good distribution attributes, passing skills and is also a threat in front of a goal.

He has a creative flair and can also play deep. He has been on fire under Brendon Rodgers and has uplifted a key role Leicester City’s surge this year.

Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes have been flying this season; they’re third in the Premier League at the halfway point and on course to qualify for the Champions League.

The former Newcastle star has warned the England international about making a rash decision this January transfer window.james-maddison-transfer-saga

“I totally understand why, if it’s true, Manchester United would want James Maddison because he’s a very, very good player,” Shearer told Coral.

“But I would be amazed if Leicester were to let him go in this transfer window. The way things are going at Leicester, the way he’s playing, what is at stake for Leicester… I cannot see them letting one of their top players go this January.

“If I was him, yes [I’d want to stay at Leicester] at this moment in time. When you look at the situation that Manchester United is in terms of challenging for the top four, how much they have to improve, the time that will take.

“I understand that they’re a huge football club but, in terms of where James Maddison is at this moment in time, I think he’s better off staying at Leicester certainly until the end of the season and then weigh things up again then.

Leicester City currently sits 3rd in the Premier League table with 45 points in the bag. They are two points adrift of second-placed Manchester City. While the Foxes have a six-point lead over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea who is placed fourth.