Jamie Carragher explains why Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool snubbed move for Tottenham star James Maddison

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James Maddison has made a strong start at Spurs since his summer arrival (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher has explained why Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool decided not to sign Tottenham star James Maddison.

Maddison moved to Spurs in a £40m deal this summer following Leicester City’s shock relegation from the Premier League.

The England international midfielder was linked to several other clubs before heading to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Following the 26-year-old’s bright start under Ange Postecoglou – with two goals and four assists in his first six Premier League games for Spurs – questions have been raised as to why the other elite English clubs did not bring in Maddison.

Carragher has now offered his own explanation as he told The Telegraph: ‘My suspicion is that Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Mikel Arteta and Mauricio Pochettino took a look at Maddison and were swayed more by what he does not do more than his qualities.

‘In their best sides, Guardiola and Klopp expect multi-faceted attacking players or midfielders to assume the responsibility of those who once placed themselves just behind the main striker.

‘Maddison is not the quickest, nor does he stand-out as someone who will trigger a high-pressing game.

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‘He does not have the natural athleticism of a No.8, and he is less effective playing as a wide attacker cutting inside.

‘He shines knitting midfield and attack, deceptively quick in possession and technically superb at quickly seeing and delivering a defence-splitting pass.’

Spurs have enjoyed a strong start to the season and are unbeaten from their opening six Premier League games – winning four of them – and return to action on Saturday when they host Liverpool.

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