Everton chase eye-catching playmaker after Steve Walsh scouting mission - report
By Danny Wright
Everton are keeping close tabs on Norwich playmaker James Maddison, according to a report.
ESPN claims that Toffees director of football Steve Walsh went on a scouting mission to watch Maddison, 20, play for the Canaries against Bolton on Saturday after being alerted to the attacking midfielder’s potential.
Maddison is said to be in eye-catching form for Norwich this season, scoring four goals and supplying five assists in 17 appearances across all competitions.
It is understood that Everton are joined by a number of Premier League clubs in the chase for the English playmaker, who has recently been called up to the Young Lions side for a European Under-21 Championship qualifier clash with Ukraine.
ESPN reports that Norwich are not prepared to let Maddison leave Carrow Road at any time soon though, with him under contract at the East Anglia club until 2021.
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Football Insider Verdict
Everton fans have lost all faith in Walsh’s ability to scope out top talent for their side after a large number of their summer signings have failed to live up to expectations at this stage of the season. The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen are yet to perform to their best standard at Goodison Park and that was a big part of why Ronald Koeman was sacked last month. Many believe that Walsh should have also been shown the door, but seems to be carrying on like normal. Maddison is a good young talent but at the moment it appears that chances are limited for the high number of emerging stars at Goodison Park. Right now, it’s not the best place to be for someone like Maddison who is better off spending more time with Norwich.