‘I can’t look at him’: James Maddison says he’s fuming with £22m Tottenham teammate after what he did last night

James Maddison has joked that he will not be able to look at Son Heung-min for a while after the Tottenham Hotspur captain got in his way just as the attacking midfielder was through on goal.


After Spurs defeated Fulham 2-0 on Monday to retake the lead in the Premier League standings, Maddison spoke to BBC Sport.

James Maddison and Son Heung-min both succeeded in scoring. It was a momentous goal for Maddison because it was his first for his new team at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

He will, however, undoubtedly feel that he ought to have purchased a brace. At one point, Maddison raced into the box and appeared to be aiming for Bernd Leno.

James Maddison jokes he cannot look at Son Heung-min after Tottenham win

However, at the crucial moment, there was clearly a misunderstanding. Son got close enough to Maddison that he clearly expected to have the shot himself. And thus, the 26-year-old was off his stride by the time he got his strike away.

In the immediate aftermath, Maddison’s irritation was impossible to conceal. Son, in contrast, appeared almost perplexed. The former Leicester City player also said that his £22 million teammate needed some time to settle down.

“He got in my way; we didn’t get in each other’s way! I haven’t spoken to him, and right now I can’t look at him,” he said, according to BBC Sport.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk to him. He was facing the wrong direction, but even he can make a mistake. I was right in front of the goal.

Understanding building, but not quite telepathic…yet

Obviously, the good news is that it did not cost Tottenham. But clearly, Maddison would have loved to put the

At that time the triumph was an exclamation point.

For Spurs, there were undoubtedly more goals scored. That was arguably obvious when Son appeared immensely sad to be replaced prior to the end of the half.

There will be lots of chances for both Maddison and Son to increase their goal totals over the season given the understanding that the two are developing.

But perhaps that particular instance made clear that they still have some work to do before their comprehension is fully telepathic.

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