He insists it is confidence, not arrogance, and puts his attitude down to his parents' influence. I love the quote: 'If you show me a good loser, I'll show you a loser. I'm a bad loser, because I love winning. I'd never want to come across as arrogant. There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. I think if I got on the wrong side, for starters my mum would give me a clip on the ear. That's not the values I stand for. I always talk about self-belief and confidence, because nobody is going to believe in you for you, you have to believe in yourself for starters, and I've always done that.
I've always been someone to showcase my ability and talent.
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I always like to think I'm a down to earth, humble person because that's how my parents have raised me. They tell me they're proud of me, every now and again, so I must be doing something right! Me and my Dad have a very close relationship, where we talk about football all of the time. After a game, we'll sit and always debrief the game, sometimes watch it back together. We actually do. He'll say: "Do you reckon you could have done this here? I'm so lucky and grateful to have a family that gave me the opportunity to do this. I don't think I'd be scoring winners in the Premier League, with them watching me, without their dedication.
Like helping me to travel to Cardiff away on a Sunday morning with Coventry because there was no mini-bus travel. Things like that. I never will, but it's important you never forget that.
Am I a big-moment player? Yeah, definitely. To be a top player you've got to produce big moments in big games, when the most people are watching. It doesn't matter if you can score a hat-trick on a Tuesday night in a cup game in front of 4, people, it's that final with the world watching, everyone's eyes are on you. That's where you become a big player. It's that drive within. Listen, I've scored one winning goal, it's not like I've had a summer of Ben Stokes' proportions, but it's just about wanting to win. I've always had that. I've got that.
I've always been a winner.
Maddison was brought into the Coventry side by Steven Pressley at the age of 16, making his debut in He then moved on to Norwich, and had a loan spell at Aberdeen, but puts a lot of his success down to the Scot taking a chance on him. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was called in to play with the firsts. I had just turned 16 at the time, and I remember thinking: "This is an opportunity here.
Not everything worked, I probably got barged off the ball a few times, but I think I showed Steven Pressley what I was about. The confidence and the willingness to show him I was a good player. During my time at Cov, I ended up cleaning his car. I think we did a hydration test every morning.
You go and pee in a pot, and it gets tested just to make sure you're staying on top of your fluids, and I think I may have forgot to do mine. He said: "James, I need a word. He said: "These are the standards that you've got to set, you've got to be on it every day. I was out there for an hour and a half washing his car because of it. He came down and checked halfway through, and I think he said: "That's not clean enough, on the bonnet" and I'm thinking: "I just did 45 minutes on the bonnet!
Maddison usually sits as a No 10 with Leicester, but he explains that it can often turn into a No 8, with great discipline required. He ranks Jorginho and Harry Winks as being among the most difficult midfielders he has played against in the Premier League.
If I'm playing as a No 8, my job is to create and score goals, but also be able to help in the build-up. A No 10 is playing in-between the lines, but sometimes as a No 8 you have to help out with the build-up as well, because sometimes there is only one pivot player in midfield. Sometimes the other No 8 goes up, and you drop down, but I'm comfortable doing that. As a No 8 there is more demand on the out-of-possession stuff, like sliding, stopping passes through.
The Premier League is the best league in the world, there's no doubt about it.
You own your audiobooks Your books are yours to keep, even if you cancel. I'd never want to come across as arrogant. The confidence and the willingness to show him I was a good player. The only way to tell is by putting it to the test. For celebrities, who are at the center of so many orbits, it's especially important to have a little Copernicus around. Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. It can be difficult to scrutinize who to hire, never knowing what anyone really wants of you.
If you're not sliding across quick enough to shut those passing lines, the type of players in those positions will just play it through. Who's the best at getting it through? Jorginho is very good at it.
He's a very good footballer. I would also recommend that you offer an exclusive to your friends who are on the rise. For example get some of your close friends with blogs or who are trying to break into journalism to profile you first. Use your fame to help your circle. The media will use you so you need to use it. What I mean by this is that you have to be able to face up to each and every ghost from the past.
Once you are famous your name is used for headlines. Unless of course, you are proud of the skeletons even the nasty,rotten, festering ones then I guess this mini PR lesson is not for you. I hope this piece has helped someone!