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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  • Ashley-out

    Shearer was made of stern stuff, he had a burning ambition to be the best & he was, today`s players are more interested in Mansions, high performance cars & wag models on their arms.

    • Jezza

      Yes this is the age of the lifestyle footballer. Playing the game now is just a job that enables them to enjoy things like the Ferrari’s and super models.

      • Peaky

        Ferrari’s,supermodels,headphones,toilet bags,diamond earrings……love to have seen most of these play in the 60’s & 70’s on shyte pitches similar to the Baseball Ground…..they’de have had their arses kicked from one end of the pitch to the other….

  • Ron

    I hope it isn’t true – if it is then our bargain basement buys will be a bag of nervers 5 mins before kick off.

  • Ron

    It is amazing to think when we signed Shearer he was the most expensive player in the world! How far have we fallen?

    • Jezza

      Our club is now making record profits but we can’t even sign the most expensive player in the North East now. In fact we can’t even pay the same fee we paid for Alan Shearer 22 years ago.

      • Ron

        Can you think of any one to blame? Answers on a post card addressed to NUFC, St James Park, Strawberry Pl, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST
        First prize prof terms next season

  • ghostrider

    The massive price tags don’t inspire nor frighten most players.
    The big wages sees to that, plus the fact that they also know they are made for life on just one 5 year contract.

    Many football players are arrogant anyway. Most believe they’re better than they are and very few ever believe they’re worse…unless they’re at the end of their career.

    Judging by what Shearer said you would have expected Cabaye to have been a bag of nerves, or Sissoko just not cutting it to be worth anything considering his price.

    Let’s not mention Lascelles for 3 million. An absolute bag of nerves and certainly not captain material . not at the price we paid.

    The way money is spewed about these days it’s literally numbed almost everyone to it. It means nothing now.

    If anything I’d say the cheaper buys have a lot more to prove and strive to get larger contracts and transfer fee build.