Martin Tyler reveals what Leicester’s James Maddison must do to match long-standing PL record

It would take something special from Leicester City’s James Maddison in the final weeks of the campaign to match or even better a long-standing Premier League record which is currently shared by David Beckham of Manchester United and Laurent Robert of Newcastle United.

What’s the word, then?

Sky Sports’ Martin Tyler delivered a whole host of statistics for readers to unpick on Tuesday following another weekend of Premier League football.

After James Maddison scored yet another direct free-kick, his third of the season, Tyler revealed that the pulsating playmaker is closing in on a potential league record.

As it stands, the current record for most direct free-kicks scored in a single season belongs to David Beckham and Laurent Robert, who have both managed to score five set-piece goals during one campaign.

The former Manchester United superstar achieved that feat in the 2000/01 season, while the left-sided Newcastle technician matched it a season later.

The next David Beckham?

There are certainly parallels to be drawn between the respective dead-ball techniques of Maddison and Beckham.

Naturally, as a title-winning Red Devil, the former England international presumably had more opportunities to strike the ball from a set-piece situation than Maddison has had this season, and that could be what prevents Leicester’s creative hub from matching the record.

On the international stage, though, Maddison could eventually establish himself in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI and go on to intimidate opponents with his Beckham-esque free-kick style.

And, if he manages to equal the league record number of free-kicks scored in a single season by May, there is no doubt the England boss will be pondering over his inclusion at the UEFA Nations League Finals in June.

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