Danny Mills has admitted he is surprised at Ayoze Perez’s move from Newcastle United to Leicester City after his average performances with the Magpies.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international said that the 25-year-old had shown flashes of his quality during his time at St James’ Park but that the reported £30million price tag was still a hefty fee.
While neither club confirmed the official figure of the deal, the BBC were among many to report it had cost the Foxes £30million to secure the Spaniard’s capture.
Mills insists this is a price which makes the move more of a gamble than others and that he will have to perform “incredibly well” to make this move worth the Foxes’ money.
Asked if he was surprised by the Spaniard’s move, Mills said: “For £30million, yes, in all honesty. That’s a big fee for a player who has done okay. Yes, he looks sharp from time to time, technically a good player but £30million is quite a lot.
“Maybe Brendan Rodgers thinks he’s the right sort of player that fits for us and that’s what it’s all about. Hindsight will tell (who got the better deal). If he’s a flop, you’d say it’s Newcastle. If he does incredibly well, Leicester.
“This is why every single transfer, there will always be wages to pay, is always a little bit of a gamble. As much as you will do your homework time and time again, there is the very human element of sport that it doesn’t always work.”
After signing from Tenerife back in 2014, Perez made 195 appearances for Newcastle and scored 48 times, including a deft chip over Kasper Schmeichel to seal victory over his new club last season.
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