Brendan Rodgers claims James Maddison must make ‘better choices’ to fulfill his potential before admitting the recent Covid breach was ‘the lowest’ he felt as a Leicester manager
- Rodgers told Maddison that he must make better choices to fulfill his potential
- He said the Covid breakthrough had been his most painful moment as a Leicester boss
- Though Rodgers is sure the skies cleared up after his players were banned
- Maddison, Perez and Choudhury were all banned for attending a meeting
Brendan Rodgers warned James Maddison that he needed to make “better choices” to live up to his potential and admitted that the recent Covid breach had been his most painful moment as a Leicester manager.
The Foxes will aim to reach their first FA Cup final since 1969 on Sunday, with Rodgers confident the air has lifted after Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury were three of the players breaking lockdown rules by a two-week deal. attend a meeting.
The trio were ruled out of last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham as punishment, but will be available for the Wembley encounter with Southampton. Maddison’s ambitions in England have likely been affected by the incident, and Leicester boss Rodgers knows the playmaker is at risk of being typed if he makes another mistake.
Rodgers warned James Maddison that he must make “better choices” to fulfill his potential
“There has been a certain spotlight on James because he is a tremendous talent and he now knows that you clearly have to behave in a certain way,” said Rodgers. ‘He made the wrong choice and hopefully he will make a better one next time.
He wasn’t the only one out of step. It’s the same message for every player – people can make mistakes, but you just don’t want it to be your identity.
‘That’s the most important thing for any player if you work at the top of the league and want to play in European football. Of course there is some expectation of your behavior to stay there.
He admitted that the recent Covid breach was his most painful moment as a Leicester manager
Rodgers is convinced the skies have lifted after Maddison (above), Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury were three of the players breaking lockdown rules by attending a meeting
“ The few days after I found out, it was the lowest I’ve felt since coming here (in February 2019), but once the fog has cleared, you’re looking forward to moving on. ”
Rodgers revealed that the affected players had apologized to their teammates. They trained again with the first team this week after being asked to work alone last week, and Rodgers believes Leicester has now regained their focus.
Whether Maddison makes it to the starting XI is another matter. The 24-year-old only managed one replacement appearance in almost two months because of the recurrence of a hip problem.
Rodgers added: ‘Last week was awful for us, but the energy is back in the squad. I am hopeful that it will add that little bit of extra spice to our team between now and the end of the season. ‘