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Aberdeen hope Norwich City loan star James Maddison can spark title chase

PUBLISHED: 11:40 09 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:18 10 September 2016

James Maddison of Norwich has a shot on goal from a free-kick during the EFL Cup match against Coventry at Carrow Road, Norwich. 
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James Maddison of Norwich has a shot on goal from a free-kick during the EFL Cup match against Coventry at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City youngster James Maddison is being tipped as the young star to lead Aberdeen to the Scottish Premiership title.

The 19-year-old moved north of the border on transfer deadline day, and will stay with the Dons until early January.

Maddison – signed by Canaries boss Alex Neil in January from Coventry City for £3m – is the latest emerging young talent to head to Pittodrie as Aberdeen become the club of choice for loan deals by big English clubs.

Last season, Liverpool sent keeper Danny Ward and full-back Ryan McLaughlin to Pittodrie on loan deals. Ward’s successful spell in Scotland was the catalyst that propelled him into the Wales Euro 2016 squad where he started a group game for the eventual semi-finalists in France.

Aberdeen hope that Maddison, who looks set to make his Dons debut at home to Inverness Caley Thistle tomorrow, can make a similar impact to Welsh international Ward.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said: “Hopefully, James will show just how good a player he is during his time with us.

“He can bring us that little bit of magic and quality that can sometimes make the difference in tight games as he is a lovely footballer who is technically very good.

“James has the ability to unlock the door in tight games as he has quality – and a great delivery at set-plays as well.

“He has great balance and is a very confident young lad.

“It is all about finding answers for every opponent and every circumstance. And hopefully bringing in James will help us find those answers more often.”

Maddison’s only senior appearance for the Canaries was in the 6-1 EFL Cup victory over former club Coventry City last month.

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