This season in the Championship has seen three standout young stars rising above the rest. All look more than ready to make the step up, at the very least to being Premier League first team regulars—and perhaps to being far more than that.
There’s Fulham left back and winger Ryan Sessegnon, the 17-year-old goal scoring phenom. There’s Wolves’ 21-year-old midfield fulcrum Ruben Neves. And then there’s Norwich City’s dynamic 21-year-old midfielder James Maddison.
All could walk into any Premier League side and at least compete for minutes. Which means it’s no surprise all three have been heavily linked with Liverpool. And with Manchester City and Tottenham and Arsenal and Manchester United, too.
Today, though, it’s Maddison in the news, with multiple reports claiming Norwich—who are sat firmly mid-table in the division and won’t be going up this year—have gone and put a £30M price tag on the young Coventry City product.
Maddison has been a workhorse, playing over 4000 minutes while scoring 15 goals and 11 assists. He was named Norwich’s player of the season as well as to the Championship team of the season and was a finalist for young player of the year.
And given Norwich’s table position, a move does seem likely—and a £30M asking fee, if that’s what the club are actually seeking, seems like it wouldn’t be likely to put off at least a couple of Maddison’s rumoured suitors.
If it’s true that’s what Norwich want, and if previous reports of Liverpool being favourites for his signature are accurate, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a deal for the player wrapped up soon after the current season ends.