‘A real gem’ – Arsenal legend names Tottenham star as one of the best signings of the summer
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 27
James Maddison set up both of Son Heung-min’s goals in the North London Derby (Photo: Getty)

legend Ray Parlour has named a star as one of his two best signings of the summer.

It was once again a huge summer for football transfers, with clubs alone spending a record £2.36billion.

Arsenal had the second-highest net spent of the English sides as they bought in , Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and David Raya.

Rice has made a great start to life at the Emirates and many believe his signing to be one of the best of the transfer window, given his talent and the competition for his signature, even though he cost a club-record £105m.

However, when asked for who he thought was the best signing, Parlour snubbed his former club and instead looked to their .

‘For me, and I’m going by the money as well, for what they paid for him, one is certainly James Maddison,’ the former midfielder told .

‘I like players like him because he’s not always strait-laced. Some people are ticking the boxes now, but I want to see flair players and players doing something different.

James Ward-Prowse has had a brilliant start to life at West Ham (Photo: Getty)

‘I think Spurs have got a real gem on their hands now. I’m really pleased he’s back in England squad. So, I think James Madison will really be a big star at Tottenham. I certainly believe that.’

Attacking midfielder Maddison joined Tottenham from relegated Leicester for around £40m, and has already been named as one of the club’s vice-captains, and so far has six goal involvements in as many Premier League games.

Parlour was also impressed by West Ham’s capture of midfielder James Ward-Prowse from Southampton for £30m, adding: ‘Another one who always gives 100% whenever I’ve seen him play, he always does his shifts.

‘I think West Ham have had the right result there, because you know he’s a genuine player. You know he’s going to give everything, and I’m sure they’re going to score a lot more from set pieces this season with his deliveries.

‘I really like what he’s done so far – I think he played really well at Brighton, and he’s a good solid player in the England squad, which he deserves. So, I think West Ham have got a real steal there, so they’d be my two signings of the summer definitely.’

Ward-Prowse already has two goals and five assists in six games across all competitions, though was .

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