April 23, 2021

Shearer and Micah Richards disagree on Premier League’s 10 biggest ever bargains

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Micah Richards and Alan Shearer are used to finding common ground in the BBC studio, but the pair were unable to agree when questioned on the Premier League’s top 10 biggest ever bargains.

The two pundits were asked to name their list of Premier League bargain buys as part of the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.

Their criteria involved players who were ‘pinched from their club’ rather than those who were available on a free transfer or signed on the cheap.

Although Richards and Shearer agreed on the same 10 players in each of their lists, they couldn’t find consensus when it came to who should be number one.

Shearer and Richards work together on Match of the Day but couldn't agree on the number one Premier League bargain of all-time
Shearer and Richards work together on Match of the Day but couldn’t agree on the number one Premier League bargain of all-time

While Richards went for Cantona, who cost Man United £1.2million from Leeds in 1992, Shearer opted for Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

“He [Cantona] just has to be number one – £1.2m for him? I just loved him,” Richards pleaded.

“He is just the man and is so iconic. Growing up as a kid everyone used to have their collar turned up, thinking they were him.

Richards believes Eric Cantona is the best Premier League bargain of all-time
Richards believes Eric Cantona is the best Premier League bargain of all-time
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“He’s got everything. He just edged out Vardy for me because of the number of trophies that he won, and the song may have helped.”

Shearer made the case for Vardy, saying: “To come from non-league football, to be one of the best strikers in the best league in the world in my opinion, is just phenomenal.

“It just gives everyone who plays at that level hope.

Shearer chose Vardy as his number one, while Mahrez also made it onto both lists
Shearer chose Vardy as his number one, while Mahrez also made it onto both lists

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‘It is one thing getting there, but it is another thing staying there because everybody knows his game and what he is good at but there are not many people who have been able to stop him. It is a great story.”

Vardy joined the Foxes for £1million from non-league Fleetwood Town in 2012 and has enjoyed a decade of unprecedented success with the East Midlands club.

The 34-year-old helped Leicester to win the Championship and then the Premier League, joining the top-flight’s prestigious 100 club along the way.

Richards and Shearer were in agreement for third place, with both men choosing legendary Man United stopper Peter Schmeichel.

Legendary goalkeeper Schmeichel won 15 major trophies with Manchester United
Legendary goalkeeper Schmeichel won 15 major trophies with Manchester United

The Dane moved to Old Trafford from Brondby for £505,000 in 1991 and went on to win 15 major trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Others who made the list include Kolo Toure, Seamus Coleman, Robin van Persie, Paolo di Canio, Riyad Mahrez, Lucas Radebe and Andy Robertson.

Micah Richards’ top 10 biggest Premier League bargains of all-time:

1. Eric Cantona (Manchester United)

2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

3. Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United)

4. Kolo Toure (Arsenal)

5. Robin van Persie (Arsenal)

6. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

7. Paolo di Canio (West Ham)

8. Lucas Radebe (Leeds)

9. Seamus Coleman (Everton)

10. Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

Alan Shearer’s top 10 biggest Premier League bargains of all-time:

1. Jamie Vardy

2. Eric Cantona

3. Peter Schmeichel

4. Seamus Coleman

5. Kolo Toure

6. Robin van Persie

7. Riyad Mahrez

8. Lucas Radebe

9. Andy Robertson

10. Paolo di Canio

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