Alan Shearer says that he hasn’t seen much in the way of progress at Newcastle United but hopes that their fortunate win at Bournemouth can lead to better times ahead.

The United legend thinks that the three points could give Newcastle some of the confidence they have been missing and he fancies United to get at least a point, despite Leicester being in such good form.

Third in the Premier League, unbeaten in six away matches and having scored in all 12 league games, Leicester have shown impressive consistency.

A perfect barometer of that consistency is Jamie Vardy, the striker scoring in each of his last nine PL matches and scoring 12 in total this season.

As a member of the strikers union, Alan Shearer would ideally love to see Jamie Vardy play on Saturday and become the first player to score in 10 consecutive matches in the same Premier League season but…Newcastle United to still take the three points.

Alan Shearer was speaking at the opening of new facilities on Thursday night at South Shields FC, a small local club but with big ambitions.

They have won their last 17 matches and have a long-term dream of returning to the Football League.

Newcastle fans dream short-term of a convincing performance and win against Leicester, longer term dreams can take a backseat for the minute…

Alan Shearer:

“There hasn’t been much progress at Newcastle of late but they got a decent result, not performance, at Bournemouth.

“I hope they can take a little bit of confidence from that, go on a decent run and get away from the relegation zone.

“That lucky Newcastle win at Bournemouth counts for nothing if they don’t get three points against Leicester – they are a decent team, particularly going forward, where they are a big threat.

“It doesn’t faze Leicester going behind, so Newcastle will have to watch that.

“I would still expect Newcastle to take something from the game, despite Leicester’s record.”

Jamie Vardy:

“Three or four years ago, Jamie Vardy was playing non-league football and now he is playing for England.

“If you look hard enough then there are players out there, the ideal scenario would be for Jamie to score and Newcastle to win.”

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