James Maddison had never heard of Spurs teammate, went on YouTube to watch his highlights
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James Maddison has admitted he had "never heard" of one of his Spurs teammates before playing with him.
Maddison made the move to Spurs in the summer in a £40 million switch from Leicester City.
He was one of nine new signings made by new boss Ange Postecoglou in the summer as part of a major shake-up.
Both he and Brennan Johnson were signed from English clubs, while Manor Solomon was brought in on a free transfer and both Pedro Porro and Dejan Kulusevski signed permanently after successful loan spells.
Yet one of Spurs' most interesting deals done was the £17.2 million capture of Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.
He immediately came in as first-choice in between the sticks, with long-time shotstopper and captain Hugo Lloris surplus to requirements.
But Maddison was not familiar with the 27-year-old and has admitted to watching his YouTube highlights to see what Vicario was all about.
"I think that's a fair statement to make," Maddison told Ben Foster in a chat for Amazon Prime when asked if he felt Vicario had been the best 'keeper in the league this term.
"When we signed him I hadn't obviously signed yet. I was like who is he? Kind of thing.
"I'd never heard of him. I'm in the back of his car on the YouTube, Vicario highlights, to see if he's any good!"
Vicario has kept four clean sheets so far, whilst also buying the highest save percentage in the Premier League.
He's also proved to crucial in Spurs' new way of playing in terms of building out from the back and rushing out to thwart counter attacks.
"Brilliant shotstopper," Maddison added.
"He's hard to score past. Sometimes we'll practice penalties and shooting in training, I want him in goal because he's the hardest to score past."