Arsenal were interested in signing James Maddison during the summer transfer window, and he has now spoken out about what has been the “hardest moment in his career.”
Following attention from Arsenal during the summer, James Maddison has revealed he has been going through the “hardest moment” of his career at the start of this season.
According to reports from August, Arsenal made a four-player offer to Leicester City, but the Foxes were not interested in any of the players on offer.
Arsenal were keen in signing Maddison, with a creative midfielder high on Mikel Arteta’s wish list, but the Gunners instead signed Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old has struggled so far this season, but he looked back to his best on Sunday afternoon as he netted the winner in a 2-1 win against Brentford.
It was Maddison’s first Premier League goal in his ninth appearance of the season, and he has recently said that it was the worst moment of his professional career.
According to the Mirror, he stated: “It has undoubtedly been the most difficult period of my professional life. Outsiders have no idea what my life is like, and I am my own harshest critic.
“If I’ve had a horrible game, I immediately replay it. I’m a harsh critic of myself.
“Goals and assists are important, but it’s also about playing to my full potential. I had a wonderful conversation with the manager and told him I was a little unsure about myself.
“That was the first time I was able to raise my hands and speak something like that because it puts you in a vulnerable position, but I was being honest.
“We went over some of my greatest video and discussed what makes me a successful player. I’ve felt more like myself in recent games, like I’ve regained my swagger. You can overthink things at times.”
Maddison has been chastised for his recent performances, and even his manager, Brendan Rodgers, has recognized that he has not been performing at his best this season.
“Okay, he’s not at the level that he wants to be at or that we want him to be at,” the Foxes manager remarked, “but you have to recognize his potential and his quality.”