James Maddison admits that he has endured ‘the most difficult moment of my career’ after an eight-month goal drought, but has now regained his ‘arrogance’ after scoring the Leicester goal in Brentford.
- Leicester City beat Brentford 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
- James Maddison scored home the winner from close range in 74 minutes
- The midfielder’s goal ended an eight-month drought that included a hip injury
James Maddison has admitted that his confidence left him during a meager period that he believes was the most difficult of his career.
The Leicester midfielder snapped an eight-month goal drought, during which he also suffered a hip injury, with the winner in his team’s 2-1 win at Brentford on Sunday, the Foxes’ third win in nine days.
Maddison is likely rested for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Brighton, but should return against Arsenal on Saturday as Leicester look for their third consecutive league win.
James Maddison says ‘arrogance is back’ after enduring ‘most difficult moment of my career’
Maddison scored at home to the Leicester winner in Brentford to secure a 2-1 Premier League win
“It was probably the most difficult moment of my career,” he said. ‘Outsiders do not know my life and I am my biggest critic.
“If I had a bad game, I will see it again immediately. I am very critical of myself.
“Goals and assists are part of this, but it’s about playing well, at the level that I know I can.
“ I had a good talk with the coach and I told him that I had little confidence in myself. That’s the first time I’ve been able to raise my hands and say that because it puts you in a slightly vulnerable position.
But that was me being honest. We look at my best clips and what makes me a good player.
“ In recent games I have felt more like myself, like I have regained my arrogance. Sometimes you can overthink things. ‘
Upfront, Maddison says he had ‘little confidence’ after an eight-month goal drought
The 24-year-old was knocked out by Brendan Rodgers after a 2-1 loss at Brighton and the Leicester manager urged him to do better.
Maddison was most like him when he came on as a substitute in the 1-0 loss at Legia Warsaw and things have progressed from there.
He said LCFC TV: ‘The manager challenged me to go and improve and get back to the level that I know I can, to be one of the best in the Premier League.
“Sometimes when you are not playing well, you can try too hard, but I have felt very good in the last two games. I was happy to play matches of three in a week and get a goal and an assist too. ‘
Maddison has revealed that Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers challenged him to get back to form.