Newcastle boss Pardew: Price-tag boosted self-belief of Sunderland's Fletcher

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew feels Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill can be pleased with his deal for Steven Fletcher.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew feels Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill can be pleased with his deal for Steven Fletcher.

At £12 million, the former Wolves man appeared overpriced - before he hit the goal trail this season.

Pardew told the Sunday Sun: “Fletcher’s certainly proven his worth. I thought he was a good player at Wolves and maybe the fee has given him added confidence.

“As a player, I was linked with a move and my value went from £10,000 to £200,000. That does give you a boost.

“He probably figured he was a £8m or £9m striker and a Premier League player, then suddenly he was worth a lot more. So that has given him belief. He’s certainly shown that on the pitch, because you can crumble and go the other way. Fair play to him.”

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