9 English Premier League Greats and the Transfer Fees They Would Demand
The Premiership is a completely different beast when compared to the one that came into existence in 1992. Gone are Swindon Town, The Crazy Gang, David Elleray, armies of average Scandinavian players and kits made by Pony. A league now exists loaded with foreign players, coaches and owners; we also have exhorbant transfer fees. The only constant has been Sir Alex Ferguson.
Liverpool’s 20 million pound signing of Jordan Henderson was a personal watershed. How can a player so distinctly average command such a fee. Yes he is English and has an England Cap which are factors that have always sky rocketed a players value but the real reason is that transfer fees have exponentially increased in the league since its Carling sponsorship days.
Here are 9 Premier league greats and an estimated transfer fee they would command in today’s market.
Matt Le Tissier
A mercurial player in his prime for Southampton, he was capable of the most spectacular pieces of skill the Premiership has seen from his attacking midfield position. A true talent on a team of no names his England career suffered only amassing 8 caps. His failure to be selected for the 98 World Cup squad spelled the start of the end for ‘le god'. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest Saints of all time and would probably fetch the region of 25 Million Pounds in today’s market.
Quite possibly the greatest goalkeeper of all time. Not much needs to be said of the great Dane except that his performances at Manchester United make him head and shoulders better than any other Premier League goalie in existence. His career winded down at Aston Villa and Manchester City and he can now be found on TV speaking in a thick Manchester accent. Certainly would be in the 40 Million region.
One of the greatest forwards of his generation, at one point the world’s most expensive player during his move to Newcastle and a long standing England Captain. The classic English centre forward, a species hardly in existence today. He is the Premier leagues all time leading scorer and one of its most popular former players. If Andy Carroll is worth 35 Million then Shearer would be 50 at least
Steve Stone, a moderately gifted winger for Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest appeared 9 times for England and cost 5.5 Million pounds in 1999. Similar to James Milner in that he was always around the England side and could not produce consistently make one believe he still may have fetched 10 million pounds in today’s market.
Les Ferdinand, cousin of Rio and Anton was one of the most effective centre forwards in the Premiership. He gained success wherever he played whether for Newcastle, QPR or Spurs. A great header of the ball he has one of the greatest goal scoring records in league history and cost 6 million pounds in 1995. Sir Les would surely fetch around 12 Million in today’s market.
Paul Gascoigne was the most talented English player of his generation and had his troubles with alcohol and drugs not got the better of him he would have gone down as a global footballing hero. An attacking midfielder who cost Lazio 5.5 million pounds in 1992 would probably in the region of 25 million in the present market.
Gary Mac was a creative centre midfielder and captain of Scotland when they went through a period of moderate success. He had a long and productive career in the Premiership and is possibly the greatest Scot to ever play in the league. A Darren Fletcher comparison is probably a little unfair to McAllister but is easy to make. Estimated 2011 transfer value would be 8 million pounds.
Petrescu was an attacking full back that achieved success at Chelsea and with the Romanian national side. A middling premier league full back he would fetch 7 million pounds in today’s market
A true Arsenal legend. Bergkamp was capable of the blindingly impressive for both Arsenal and Holland with a touch not seen until perhaps Berbatov came on the scene. He would fetch 32 million in today’s transfer market in his pomp. One of the best strikers to grace the pitches of the Premiership.
Vinnie Jones was the ultimate and original Premier League bad boy. The famous picture of Jones grabbing Gazza’s privates has gone down in footballing folklore. Despite not being the greatest player he ably led the Wimbledon Crazy Gang in the 90’s. Vinnie now plays bad boys in Hollywood with more success than he had on the pitch. Vinnie would definitely be worth at least 5 million pounds.