JIMMY Armfield thinks Charlie Adam is good enough to play for any of the Premier League’s best sides.
Pool’s skipper has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United in recent days, sparking debate about his ability to play at the top.
However, Blackpool legend Armfield has no doubts.
“I think he’s good enough to play for the top four,” he said.
“I think he’s proved that he can play in the top level.”
“It’s difficult to say how he’d do at somewhere like Man United, as he didn’t pull up any trees at Rangers, but I think he’s good enough.
“People keep saying he’s a big fish in a small pond at Blackpool, but I don’t agree with that.
“There are other good players at Blackpool, as well as Charlie, and he knows that.”
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is expected to make his move for the 25-year-old soon, after failing with a £6m bid in the January transfer window.
Despite the midfielder only having 12 months left on his contract, Blackpool will hold-out for at least £8m for their prize asset.
And Armfield thinks Adam’s worth the cash.
“It’s hard to put a price on players really, I suppose it depends what the clubs that want him value him at,” he said.
“Charlie’s been very good for Blackpool, but Blackpool’s been very good for Charlie too.”
“There’s no point staying if you aren’t happy though.
“It’s hard enough playing, without being unhappy as well.
“Charlie will have aspirations of playing in the Premier League after doing so well there last season.
“Now Blackpool are in the Championship, I can’t blame him for wanting to play in the top flight.”
Armfield played his whole career at Bloomfield Road, despite being rated as one of the best right-backs in the world.
And he thinks that although Pool will struggle to keep hold of many of their stars, some of them should show more loyalty to the club.
He said: “I think a couple of them might leave, but you have to remember that when this team was put together they weren’t big names.
“They’d all not done it at other clubs, and Blackpool put them on the map.
“I would have thought that one or two of them might realise that and stay.
“But I can’t blame any player for wanting to improve himself.
“It’s a very short career, and you have to make the best of it while you can.”