Speaking to The Eastern Daily Press , Norwich manager Alex Neil has said that James Maddison is among the best young players in the Country.

Maddison signed for Norwich bang on the 11pm transfer deadline at the start of this month. He joined from League One side Coventry, being loaned back to his former club until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old is thought to be one of the best talents outside of the Premier League and the deal is seen as a real coup for Norwich and Alex Neil. Neil has said that he was looking at the best young players in the Country to bring in and help the future of the club.

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He signed Abou Adams, Ben Godfrey and James Maddison in the window, with a view to the future prospects that they have and how they could help the club in the future.

Speaking about Maddison and his signing, Neil said this:

We went after him aggressively. I think the fact we left it so late in the window certainly played into our favour.

If we had gone earlier we would have most likely lost him to a bigger team. I know there was one team in particular who were aggressively trying to not stop the deal but hi-jack it and we managed to get it across the line.

We were pursuing another signing that night and we had money available for it. Unfortunately for us it didn’t transpire. We said and thought all along if we could add some more youth to the ranks for the club going forward then we wanted to highlight the best young players in the country, and he is certainly one who fell into that category. Once that other move didn’t go through we had money we wanted to put to good use and he was the one we highlighted.