TalkSPORT says Newcastle target James Maddison must start for England
TalkSPORT's Laura Woods is adamant James Maddison should get his England chance
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TalkSPORT's Laura Woods is adamant James Maddison should get his England chance

Laura Woods launched an impassioned plea on the TalkSPORT breakfast show insisting that Newcastle United’s top transfer target James Maddison should be given his chance for England in the upcoming matches.

Newcastle have been heavily linked with a move for James Maddison since the PIF takeover and are backed to go back in with a fresh bid in the summer.

Now Laura Woods has gone on a rant on TalkSPORT about why he should be starting for England in their upcoming Euro qualifiers which also serves an excellent insight as to why Newcastle should just go ahead and meet Leicester City‘s £60million valuation.

Laura Woods’ Maddison for England rant sums up the Newcastle stance too

Woods said of Maddison’s England chances on TalkSPORT: “Get him in. Honestly, we’ve been waiting so long for this. And while there’s a little bit of a chance to have some movement and it’s a Euros qualifier, still really important games but it’s not like he’s a risk.

“He’s creative, he’s exciting, he’s intelligent, he makes things happen, he assists, he scores. Get him in. I would love to see him. What are we waiting for? It’s taken so long even to get him to the World Cup and not give him any minutes even in games that potentially, you know he could have had an impact in. 100% I would love to see him. I would love to see him. Is that clear enough?”

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If you remove the England references in that speech it reads exactly like my thoughts on the transfer situation. What are we waiting for? How much more does he have to prove?

Just get him in – what are we waiting for?

While £60million isn’t exactly a small fee, if you consider what we’d be getting for that – a young, English talent with goals and assists in his game, it’s a bargain. When you consider the figures being thrown around for Declan Rice, this has to seem like a snip.

Maddison is still only 26 so has plenty of years left in him, it’s not like we’re getting someone approaching 30 and starting to slow down. Maddison is hitting his peak. Now is the time to strike.

James Maddison has always been at the top of my transfer list for Newcastle, I think he’d be a perfect fit for us and would instantly improve the team. I was convinced he was coming in January after all the banter between him and our Three Lions in Qatar, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be. I still hold out hope that summer is our time.