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When James Maddison starts for Leicester against Tottenham on Saturday, there may be some senior figures at Spurs wondering what might have been.

In 2015, they came close to signing a teenage Maddison from Coventry after word spread about the prodigious attacking midfielder.

“Maybe you’ve signed Bale but many others fail.

For many years, they were the club for young talent outside the top flight — with Gareth Bale, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone all successes.

If every season you sign 10 young players, it’s a gamble.

Pochettino will have one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League group-stage ‘final’ at Barcelona when he names his XI.

But Tottenham’s failure to land Maddison is part of a move away from the club’s policy of pursuing promising young players from the Football League.
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