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Alan Shearer says big price tag should give players ‘confidence and belief’

8 months ago
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Alan Shearer has been making some interesting comments about Premier League players and their transfer fees.

Football transfer inflation, especially in the Premier League, has seen the figures go up and up.

Most clubs have spent at least £20m on a single player, many times in a number of cases, and now a growing number of clubs outside the ‘big six’ are going beyond that £20m mark.

Amongst those this summer was Leicester City, paying £24m for Norwich City midfielder James Maddison.

Talking about that deal/player as a prime example, Alan Shearer says ‘…if someone is prepared to pay that amount of money for you then that should in itself give you confidence and belief that you belong on the big stage.’

The Newcastle United and England legend indicating that this is how he felt when moving to St James Park back in 1996 for £15m, a then world record transfer fee.

I’m not being personal or suggesting it is impossible for them to be successes…but what about the players Newcastle United are signing?

Is the £3m transfer fee for Fabian Schar going to inspire him, or does he just accept that Newcastle have spent the least this summer so he was all they could afford?

The same with free transfer Ki Sung-yueng and last season £4m Manquillo, £5m Joselu and £6m Atsu?

Money isn’t everything but it is the key factor in today’s football, only a fool would argue otherwise.

Alan Shearer quoted by the official Premier League website:

Former world’s most expensive player says the price paid for Leicester City midfielder is a sign of his talent

For some players a big transfer fee can bring added pressure to life at a new club, but Alan Shearer says James Maddison should use it a platform to shine.

Leicester City signed the talented 21-year-old from Norwich City in the summer and, ahead of Maddison’s home debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, Shearer says the midfielder should take the expectation from his price tag as a compliment.

“I always looked at the point that if someone is prepared to pay that amount of money for you then that should in itself give you confidence and belief that you belong on the big stage,” says Shearer, who himself became the most expensive player in the world when he joined Newcastle United in 1996.

“It’s a huge fee for him. If he’s not fazed by that, if he can take that in the right way and have the confidence to go out and believe he has the ability to fulfil that potential, then he’s a goalscoring midfielder and he should be a good addition to that Leicester squad.”
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