Leonardo Ulloa: Record transfer fee is 'good pressure'

The Leicester City record signing is looking to thrive on the pressure that is associated with the £8 million fee paid for him.

28-year old Ulloa has started the Premier League season in scintillating form, netting against Everton, Arsenal and Stoke to take his tally to three in four games.

The Argentine forward has taken to life in the top flight as if he has prior experience, but aside from spells in La Liga and the Argentine Primera Division, his career has seen him travel across numerous second division teams - having been with Championship side Brighton last season.

Having netted 23 goals in 50 games for the Seagulls, to help them reach the Play-Off semi-finals, Foxes boss Nigel Pearson willingly paid a seemingly extravagant £8 million fee to secure his services as he looked to navigate Leicester’s return to the Premier League. Whilst Ulloa was seen as a back-up option for Pearson, with him failing to sign Watford’s Troy Deeney, the forward has grabbed his chance with both hands - and is quickly repaying the large fee paid to bring him to the King Power Stadium.

Having scored the only goal to record the Foxes first victory of the season against Stoke, Ulloa told Sky Sports that he hardly thinks about the money - instead choosing to focus on his work.

He said: “It’s good for me but it’s much better for the team. We’ve got the first win. I’m happy.

“I’m not surprised because I work all the time. I don’t think about the money. When you think about that, it’s difficult.

“I like playing for Leicester, I like playing with my team-mates, and I want to help. I enjoy every game and every training session.

“Yes the club paid this money but I don’t think it’s more pressure. It’s a good pressure.”

Ulloa’s hulking style of play was proven to be a useful skill in the Championship, and it looks as if, despite the added quality in the top flight, he fills a void rarely seen in the Premier League.

“It’s different because in the Premier League there’s more quality and more intensity than in the Championship,” the forward continued.

“It’s a little difference, not a big difference. It’s a good experience for me. I’m enjoying everything.”

Leicester fans will be hoping that their record signing can continue to perform in the manner that he has started the season, and it looks as if Ulloa himself is prepared to thrive off that added pressure as well.

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