I think that deep down most of us knew that we didn’t really appreciate at the time just how good Alan Shearer was.
Yes we knew he was class, yes we knew he scored lots of goals, but maybe we didn’t appreciate just how priveleged Newcastle fans were to watch the best striker in the world at the time.
To underline just how dominant Alan Shearer has been in the modern era, just look at the stats below.
They show the Premier League players who have scored the most goals against one team.
20 Alan Shearer v Leeds
16 Alan Shearer v Everton
16 Les Ferdinand v Everton
14 Alan Shearer v Southampton
14 Alan Shearer v Tottenham
14 Alan Shearer v Coventry
13 Alan Shearer v Sheffield Wednesday
13 Wayne Rooney v Aston Villa
13 Michael Owen v Newcastle
13 Michael Owen v West Ham
13 Frank Lampard v Aston Villa
Remarkably, Alan Shearer fills five of the top six spots with an outstanding effort fo 20 goals against our old Yorkshire rivals.
Nice to see as well Sir Les is the only one to break that stranglehold of the top half dozen.