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James Maddison breaks the ice between Tottenham team-mates after awkward clash

BRENNAN JOHNSON has revealed how James Maddison broke the ice between Tottenham’s £47.5million signing and Richarlison.

Spurs attacker Johnson, then playing for ex-club Nottingham Forest, wiped out Richarlison with a brutal challengeat the City Ground.

Richarlison saw his showboating at the City Ground backfire when he got wiped out

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Richarlison saw his showboating at the City Ground backfire when he got wiped outCredit: Reuters
Joker James Maddison put the clip of Brennan Johnson's brutal challenge on Richarlison into Spurs' group chat just a day after the £47.5m signing joined the club

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Joker James Maddison put the clip of Brennan Johnson’s brutal challenge on Richarlison into Spurs’ group chat just a day after the £47.5m signing joined the clubCredit: Alamy

Johnson put the Brazilian striker up in the air after he showboated by doing keepie-uppies in the Premier League clash back in August 2022.

But the Welshman, 22, has opened up on going from enemies to team-mates after being reunited with Richarlison following his deadline day move to Tottenham back in September.

Johnson said: “I had been at the club for a day. I looked at the group chat and Madders had put a video of me just lifting Richy.

“He came over and said: “I remember it!”

“It was a good ice-breaker.

“He’s a good character. He’s a really good lad and he loves being here and playing football.

“He played in Liverpool so he has got some scouse phrases which are really funny.

“We have been clicked for a few goals. The way we both like to play suits each other.

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“He likes to get into the box and get across the front of his man and I like to get in behind and play or cross the ball early. I’ve been happy to assist him a few times.”

Johnson has scored just once – away at Wolves – in 16 Spurs appearances with fans criticising his final product in recent weeks.

But the forward, likely to start in tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth-round home tie against Manchester City, admits he is learning every day under Ange Postecoglou.

Johnson told Tottenham’s official podcast: “I’m loving it. I can feel myself improving every single day working with the players and the manager.

“It’s everything I want to do at my age. I still have so much to learn.

“I’m playing in a good style of football every week next to great players.”

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