Brentford supervisor Thomas Frank has singled out James Maddison as Leicester’s most important attacking menace forward of Saturday’s Premier League conflict on the Gtech Community Stadium.
The Dane was stuffed with reward for the Foxes’ high scorer who has netted 9 targets and offered 5 assists in all competitions this marketing campaign.
“(James) Maddison, clearly (a threat for Leicester) no doubt if we want to get anything out of this game we need to close down Maddison. But not only Maddison, I think also (Harvey) Barnes, I also think (Kelechi) Iheanacho, I also think Tete,” Frank mentioned.
“But I think especially Maddison, he’s their key player but I think one of their big strengths is that there is always goals in Leicester, always goals and that is a massive strength.”
Maddison was chosen in England’s squad on Thursday for the Euro 2024 qualifiers towards Italy and Ukraine together with Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
Seventeen gamers inside Gareth Southgate’s occasion signify ‘big six’ golf equipment – a stat Frank believes exhibits the competitiveness of worldwide choice.
“I think the England squad is so strong, I think the competition for the positions are so strong,” he mentioned.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with top six teams and that it’s easier to get in the squad (if you play for one) but I guess if you’re in a top six team you play for a potentially bigger club and it’s more difficult to get into those teams so maybe that gives them a small advantage (to be selected for England).
“But if the players are good enough no matter if they play for Brentford or Leicester or any club and they perform then I haven’t seen a coach that doesn’t pick the best players and give them time and opportunities.”
Toney is the second-highest English goalscorer within the Premier League this season, sitting 4 behind Harry Kane’s 20 strikes.
Frank has religion that his striker is minimize out for the worldwide stage.
“There’s other aspects, a new environment, new team-mates, new coach that he needs to adapt to,” Frank mentioned.
“I’m convinced he will do that but international level and international football I don’t see it as higher (level than the Premier League).
“Great players have the ability to overcome setbacks, it’s key to their high level because in football there’s always setbacks and that is if you are (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo or (Erling) Haaland, you don’t score in one game then that’s a setback and then you need to overcome that.
“Sometimes it’s a big injury or a loan and the resilience and the mentality to get through that. Mentality and resilience, Ivan has got that in abundance.”