What does the future hold for Harry Maguire?
As the business end of the World Cup approaches, many players that have impressed at Russia 2018 can start to look towards their club careers and the impact their good showing on the world stage can have for them. One man that has been integral to England’s success so far in Russia is Harry Maguire. The Leicester City centre-back was a fringe player at the start of the tournament but is now a key cog in Gareth Southgate’s preferred 3-5-2 system and there are sure to be a host of clubs chasing his signature.
Fresh off the back of his goal for England in the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden, we look at where the Sheffield-born star could be plying his trade next season:-
Harry the Fox
Maguire signed for his current club Leicester last summer for a fee of £17 million and he made an instant impact – scoring on his home debut against Brighton. The 25-year old played every minute of every game for the Foxes last season and his no-nonsense approach combined with his ability to play out from the back saw him win the Player of the Season award for Leicester. His notoriety and stock has risen at the World Cup but Leicester will be keen to keep him and he is currently 4/6 with Betfair to stay at the King Power Stadium.
There have been calls from England fans to see a statue of Maguire erected outside Wembley and whilst that may be a little forward, the prospect of Maguire moving to the capital to play his football looks a little more realistic. Tottenham lead the list of clubs rumoured to be interested in the former Hull man and with a new stadium on the way; it looks to be the dawning of a new era for Spurs. Maguire would fit their young, English player prototype and he is currently 3/1 with Bet Victor to join Tottenham this summer.
Theatre of Dreams?
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are renowned for their defensive approach and he often bemoaned the lack of steel and heart in his team’s defence last season as they finished 19 points behind Champions Manchester City. Maguire would add some much needed strength into the United back line as well as a creative influence with his ball-playing abilities from the back. United may well be prioritising signing players in other areas of the field but could become a player in the race to sign him and are currently 6/1 with William Hill to snare him from Leicester.
Champions League for Harry?
Such is the amount that Maguire’s stock has risen that the next two teams in the market to sign him are Liverpool and Manchester City. Both teams enjoyed remarkable seasons last year and will be looking to build both domestically and on the continent and how Maguire would surely love to be a part of that. The Reds perhaps have more reasons for defensive stability and are currently 10/1 with 10 Bet to prize him from Leicester whilst Pep Guardiola’s City look reasonable outsiders for his signature at 16/1 with Coral.