Tottenham Hotspur have seen Harry Kane become a star after emerging from their youth ranks – but they have also lost a real star.
Noni Madueke looked to be one of Tottenham’s top talents, but he chose to leave the club when his contract expired in 2018.
PSV Eindhoven won the race to sign Madueke, and after impressing in their Jong PSV side, he has made the step up to the first team.
The 19-year-old has racked up nine goals and eight assists in 27 appearances this season, starring for the Dutch giants.
Predominantly a right-sided winger, Madueke’s pace and trickery has earned huge praise, with many backing him to become an England star.
Madueke will feature for the England Under-21’s over this international break, and boss Aidy Boothroyd has raved about the gem that Tottenham lost.
Boothroyd has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Madueke is somewhat similar to Phil Foden in the way he is bursting onto the scene, a comparison which will leave Spurs sick to the stomach.
“He’s certainly a very talented young man, really excited to be called up by the Under 21s, and a little bit like Phil [Foden] last time, nobody had really heard of him until he came and played in the tournament,” said Boothroyd.
“They knew a little bit about him but that set him off on a trajectory and we’re hoping Noni can create even more positive attention for the way that they play. He’s got a lovely infectious character that comes out even over the phone,” he added.
The report adds that Tottenham coaches loved Madueke because he was ‘regularly smashing targets’ set by them – but they just couldn’t convince him to stay when PSV came calling, which looks like a painful exit now.