Brighton's Pascal Gross makes big claim about Leicester City's Harry Maguire

Brendan Rodgers the head coach

Harry Maguire has shone for Leicester City in the Premier League and at the World Cup for England - and he has an admirer at Brighton.

Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion is faced by Harry Maguire of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion at The King Power...

Brighton and Hove Albion playmaker Pascal Gross has hailed Harry Maguire and labelled the Leicester City defender his toughest ever opponent, speaking to Goal.

Maguire has enjoyed a fabulous 12 months, establishing himself at the heart of Leicester’s backline before starring for England as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.

A powerful defender with a fearsome aerial presence, Maguire is also blessed with superb technique and the passing range many a midfielder would be proud of. No wonder he has been linked with some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.


And Gross knows just how impressive the former Sheffield United youngster can be, having come up against him in the Premier League on a number of occasions.

“In one of my first games here we met Leicester City with Harry Maguire. He was the toughest opponent I've ever had,” the former Ingolstadt midfielder told Goal.

Harry Maguire of England celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018...

“On the one hand he has tremendous power, but on the other hand he is fast and extremely strong on the ball. It did not surprise me that he played such a great World Cup.”

The 26-year-old does not appear to be going anywhere right now, however, having signed a new five-year deal at Leicester back in September.

And in Brendan Rodgers, Maguire now has a manager who should encourage his ball playing instincts and help turn him into one of Europe’s very best centre-halves.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Harry Maguire of Leicester can only watch as Mesut Ozil of Arsenal scores the equalising goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC...

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch