Who is Noni Madueke? PSV's young Englishman that Chelsea want

Paul Macdonald
Paul Macdonald
  • Updated: 19 Jan 2023 17:10 GMT
  • 6 min read
Noni Madueke, PSV, 2022/23

PSV Eindhoven star Noni Madueke is set to join Chelsea for a reported fee of €40 million, with the Blues agreeing a deal to bring the Englishman back to his homeland this January.

He will become the Blues' sixth signing of the transfer window, joining David Datro Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk in arriving at Stamford Bridge.

The rise of the 20-year-old from Barnet is nothing new. Having left Tottenham's academy to join PSV, he rapidly made an impression in the reserves and has translated that form to the first team.

His debut campaign saw him score seven goals in 24 Eredivisie outings only for injury to affect him during 2021/22 and for the first half of the 2022/23 campaign.

When he has been on the park, though, he has been a potent force who has proven himself a player with a bright future in the game.

What position does Noni Madueke play in?

Madueke can play on either wing or centrally as an attacking midfielder, but he predominately operates from the right in order to cut inside onto his stronger left foot. He is, however, very good off both feet.

How good is Noni Madueke?

There is little doubt that Madueke is incredibly highly rated. Back in March 2022, after scoring against Fortuna Sittard, PSV boss Roger Schmidt lavished praise on him, via Sky Sports.

“He is able to read situations, get to the right positions and be in the right place,” said Schmidt. “He has a good sense of that, with his timing, and, technically, he has the skills when one-on-one.”

Madueke is very much a part of the new generation of English talent; his qualities include pace, directness, trickery and a superb tactical intelligence, just like Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka.

He carries the ball with superb close control, but natural ability is not what will define him.

As Schmidt suggests, it is his game intelligence which makes him stand out.

What clubs are interested in Noni Madueke?

A string of big clubs had been linked with Madueke in the recent past, including Premier League sides Wolves and Leicester. The big guns have also tracked his progress; Manchester United and Liverpool were both been linked with a transfer.

His injury issues, though, saw interest tail off a little until January 2023, when interest from Chelsea emerged. The Blues are now set to land the talented forward to add to their roster of the best young talent in the world.

It's believed that the fee Chelsea have agreed to pay is €40m. FootballTransfers values Madueke at just €7.2m, but that is largely because of his 18 months of injury problems.

When does Noni Madueke’s contract expire?

Madueke's PSV contract wasn't set to expire until June 2025, but Chelsea's pursuit has meant he won't see out the rest of his deal at the club.

He's expected to sign a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge, like the rest of their recent arrivals.

What is Noni Madueke’s Instagram?

Madueke’s Instagram page has 168k followers, as of January 2023.

Who is Noni Madueke’s girlfriend?

Madueke is not currently known to be dating anyone publicly.