Shearer – He Could Become A Hero – The Fans Will Love Him


Nobody knows more about scoring Premier League goals than the great Alan Shearer, who is the leading scorer in the league with a massive 260 goals in just 441 Premier League games,  including a record 11 hat tricks.

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Alan Shearer after scoring one of his 206 goals for Newcastle in 404 appearances
Which one was it?

Next in line is another Newcastle striker, Andy Cole with 187 goals, and then Wayne Rooney with a paltry 176 goals. 😀

Our very own Ayoze Perez has three PL goals so far in his very young career on Tyneside, but Shearer thinks this lad can become a real hero at Newcastle.

This is what the former world-class striker said on Match of The Day over the weekend:

“It helps when you have a young kid up front who seems to be willing to run in behind, to learn the game.” “He made his intention clear early on – he says to the centre-halves ‘I’m going to run in behind you’,”

“And that just creates himself little pockets of space up front,  because defenders then give him a yard of two that they shouldn’t.”

“What I like about him is that for the goal, he wants the ball when he makes his first run, the ball didn’t come but his reaction is brilliant for the second run.”

“The space is there and he attacks it, it is a piece of great skill and if Aguero scores that we’re talking about it for weeks.”

“It is fair to say that if Newcastle had more options up front he’d probably either be on loan or sat on the bench learning the Premier League, but he has taken his chance and shown what he can do with three goals now.”

“As I know more than anyone, if you score goals up there,  you will be an absolute hero and the fans will love him.”

Alan is right,  that if we didn’t have a small squad and some injuries, Ayoze wouldn’t have gotten his chance, and that’s the same with Mehdi Abeid, who has been filling in brilliantly for the injured Cheick Tiote in defensive midfield.

And Alan Pardew will now have to manage the up and coming Newcastle youngsters this season, and the last thing we want them to be doing is to believe in the headlines written about them.

If they do that there’s only one way their careers will go – and it’s not up.

They are learning the game, and they still have a long way to go to become great players – especially as great as a certain Alan Shearer – one of the greatest strikers Newcastle and England have ever produced.

A good goal (excuse the pun) for Ayoze Perez  – would be to try to emulate Shearer – so he would never be satisfied and would always  be  wanting to score more goals.

Just like the great man himself.

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46 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    shame there is no chance of al coming in a coaching the lad

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail for Ashley // Nov 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    I think a lot of credit can be given to the protesters for our turn around hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  • expatmag

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I have been harping on for a couple of years now regarding the lack of quite a few basics of the game lacking in our play up until the Man City game.

    Firstly, we are now pressing the opposition en masse when they have possession forcing turnovers. We never used to do this. I call it “hunting in packs”. Once we gain possession, our forward movement off the ball is improving and our more patient approach in building up our moves is evident.

    Secondly, the introduction if pace into the side especially in wide areas where the likes if Obertan, Aarons and Ameobi have been encouraged to attack full backs and get balls into the forwards/attacking midfielders has been a breath of fresh air.

    Thirdly the organisation in defence and central midfield when attacked by the opposition is more compressed and with wide midfielders doubling up on defensive duties, we are gaining more turnovers and able to break quickly.

    Fourthly, Sissoko being moved centrally has given him the opportunity to use his pace and power to better effect and to me, he is looking more and more like a younger version of Yaya Toure with each passing game.

    Finally, the progress and non fear factor displayed by our young lads has been outstanding and the more opportunities they get to grow together, the better it will be for the team and club.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Beer, is it actually possible to coach the sort of skills, timing, determination that players like Shearer, Andy Cole, Sir Les etc all posessed in abundance?

    Maybe they can be refined, but the in-born skill has to be there in the first place. Considering Perez was brought in to strengthen the junior ranks, he has been an absolute revelation and he has an immense future ahead of him, if all goes well.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    graeme lots hope its with us

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    expatmag

    until recently the last player to go and press the ball was luk dejong and it nearly got us a goal but one man cant do it
    all the new players when they come in do it then it seems to drift away
    I hope it stays and all the good were doing

    nothing better at the moment than going to the pub with my mates who are Liverpool and spurs fans bring on boxing day and lets beat man u and I will have a full set to take the mick out of

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme

    there is a lot defoe credited a lot of the stuff he did to Ferdinand said he taught him a lot even down to special training when on there hols stuff like that

    cisse could learn a lot like arching his runs so he aint caught offside so much all these little things

    get les in part time to work with our strikers I bet they would look a lot better

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  • barkel

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    But Mark Lawrenson said during the first half of the Spurs match that Perez isn’t good enough for the Premier League! If I can’t trust what Lawro says who can I trust!?

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  • expatmag

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Beer

    I watched how hard Chelsea worked at closing down Liverpool on saturday and in my opinion, it is the major key to their success this year.

    Jose has got them really working hard, even their flair players in Oscar, Hazzard and Fabregas.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Beer @ 6. I agree with your sentiments re Sir Les, personally, I think he would make a great “Striking” coach, he was a much more “expansive” striker.

    Shearer was absolutely ruthless when he got within 30 yards of the goal, the only thing that mattered was putting the ball in the net. Sir Les was more relaxed about playing in his partner if he thought there was a better chance available. That’s why I think your choice of Sir Les is a great one – if he was available!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Expat

    Exactly. Pressing is very important and must be done in unison as well as a controlled manner. Randomly running around does more harm, looks much better now.

    All your points are correct. Hopefully we stick with this style and pardew has learned from mistakes. No problem with him staying if he improves and learns.

    You are right with Chelsea, most talented players but also most disciplined and hardest working. Look at spurs, very good players too (obviously not as good) but they don’t work, pochettino had Southampton working hard and playing well, spurs players yet again showing the manager is not the issue there.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Decent game yesterday, Perez chasing down 2cbs and winning a corner in 92min epitomised the whole teams work rate and closing down of opo, and I personally love that commitment.

    I can’t beleive I’m saying this, our defence was solid, we made it so hard for WBA to get any possetion in our half, the defence where great. Janmatt had his best game, colo looked like a CB on right side, Dummet except for a cpl of concentration issues was dominant and gave no change, Hyaidra did his job and played quite well considering lack of games recently.

    Abide did great again, I was impressed by Colback for first time but wish he’d take a second on the ball now and again to make sure of the pass and make right one. Sissoko is working a treat in his current role and is a bit of a in sung hero.

    Cabella and Aneobi did ok but both need to play simple ball a lot more, thease two where probably the two I thought didn’t play as well as rest of team. Cabella gives it away far to easy far to often.

    Perez was mom for me, took his goal well and his closing down of defenders gave them no rest. When he chased the WBA cb’s into the corner and won a corner in 92min I had a huge grin on my face, well done that lad.

    Overall pretty happy with result and performance, well done to Pardew for team selection and not bottling it.

    If we see that commitment and work rate until end of season and apply ourselves in right manor I won’t be MOANING much.

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  • Owldman

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    As has been proved time & time again the best players, do not necessarily make the best coaches.

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Comments on our pressing game are spot on. The personnel changes have helped this and we can see where the difficulties lay in trying to get Ben Arfa and Marveaux into such a side.

    Pace is needed when you play in this way and especially away from home. You have less of the game in possession terms but that is because the style allows the opposition to play ball across their back 4 as their forward play is stifled. Not the sort of possession that hurts.

    Criticism of Perez stems from him being expected to press the CB’s with his pace not physical strength and usually on his own so he looks lightweight.

    When we don’t have possession we haven’t been defending as high up the pitch with Meidi and Colback playing as a central 2 but with Sissoko not sitting quite as deep but not joining Perez. The 2 wide players drop back and also restrict width play of opposition. Tactics call for stamina, organisation and composure.

    Still am worried about being hit on the break as we again gave ball away cheaply and without pressure at times whilst pressing the attack with men committed forward – Sissoko and Cabella mostly but also Ameobi. We still seem to choose wrong pass or when to dribble but hopefully this can be worked through.

    So far so good but December will the biggest test to date.

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  • Slank

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Expatmag @ 2

    Absolutely right about the pressing. Our forwards were snapping around their defenders and midfield players for 90 minutes giving little time for them to play the ball.

    Barcelona do this all the time with some of the most gifted attack minded players in the world.

    I was really pleased to see Perez, who never stopped working the whole 90 minutes, hound and harry the WBA players. I now see that Cabella is changing too. Gone are the days when he spent time lying on the ground hoping the ref will award a free kick. He is starting to get stuck in too.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    The mystery disappearance of bigi has been solved.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/743161041?-11058:809

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Graeme

    sir les is or was not sure available he left spurs with Sherwood

    expat

    like you say Chelsea tops but there works rate in closing down is helping them win when they play poorly all the top teams work hard and close down

    it should be basics cos you don’t have to be the most talented to do it its normally out of the promoted teams that works the hardest that stays up palace last year not the best squad but worked hard of the ball hounded the opposition till they got it back

    arsenal spurs Liverpool not working as hard as they can and it shows in the league table

    with players like baloteli and adeabyor there teams down to 10 men the amount of effort they put in

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  • Slank

    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    magscar

    Good points on Ben Arfa and Marveaux.

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Slank

    Right about Cabella but he still looks quizzically at ref mystified as to why no free kick was given. Time is still on his side.

    Team playing as a team with absolutely no one hiding when we lose possession. Collocini’s goal celebrated as though it was cup final winner great to see and long may it continue.

    December difficult month on pitch and January could be great or very poor off it, all depending on what Ashley’s view of our progress is. Stick or twist?

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  • Slank

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    I thought Colo looked more comfortable and commanding on the right which being right footed must be his natural position.

    This then begs the question, should Dummitt continue to play alongside him ? Being left footed there is now a natural balance in the centre of defence especially with Haidara and Janmaat. Also ahead of central defence there is a natural pairing of Abeid and Colback.

    Who would have believed it, round pegs in round holes !

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Average_Contents@15

    He needs regular competitive games somewhere. Disappointed not at higher standard. Would Coventry not have had him back on loan when window was open?
    Not sure what happened to him as in 1st season here he looked great prospect. Don’t say Pardewed as there has to be more to it 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    magscar

    he had a few injuries think that caused a loss in form last season

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Slank

    I’ve been impressed with summit at CB, never really been for or against the lad, seems to be ok, but always admired his commitment and effort.

    I know people argue here that you need more than workhorses in a team, and I do agree, but I also stand by my comment that just because a player is technically gifted shouldn’t mean he can put in half a shift.

    As for keeping dummet and Colo together…I’m unsure. Seems ok, better than having Williamson in their I think but I quite like Stephen Taylor. He’s a good CB, just kind of have to accept the odd moment of madness with him.

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    Slank@18

    You would think that Colo on right would be his better position but he has played mostly on left for us ( not sure about Argentina) and had his best games there. Some thing has changed for him though possibly partly Williamson not being there but also better screening/protection in front of him. We still lack pace at CB but are currently coping.

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Repost and off thread a bit….

    Rotonda heights

    I hear what you’re saying about Pardew’s change in approach to games and yes, I suspect that he’s been advised to change the way he approaches games by a a combination of Bullshit Bishop adn Ashley.

    Why I say that? Because fan malcontent was becoming a liability to Ashley and there may have been a situation where Pardew’s been assured that his position’s safe but under constant review but having been told to be more focused on winning games rather than not losing them – as witnessed with the cautionary, defensive, counter-attacking style he had been adopting. The heat on Ashley’s now been lowered as a result of positive play and good results

    The kids, I suspect have been played out of necessity but unlike earlier games, they and their colleagues seem to be playing more freely, possibly having fewer instructions to follow and thus, less to worry about on the field.

    If that’s so, then it seems to have payed off with the lads playing freer football – dare I say it, almost like Keegan’s cavalier approach to games and defending.

    Whatever it is, let’s hope it and the results continue.

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Beermonkey @21
    Had forgotten that. Surprising how that can affect younger players but it isn’t just a mental thing but that your peers sometimes overtake you in pecking order. Perch and Gosling going freed up some space but it is Meidi who has taken full advantage.

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Lesh

    read your post with interest earlier and thought there was some merit in your take on turnaround.

    What ever you feel about Pardew with all the pressure arising again on him early this season even with new players in he was clearly desperate not to lose. This affected his selections and tactics. Job still safe and he can breathe a little and injuries gave him opportunity.

    I don’t subscribe to the theory that Sackpardew can take credit except for the fact that perhaps it made Ashley publicly nail his colours to Pardew’s mast. The results this early season alone would have given Ashley concern after his spending in Summer but as I have said before perhaps he also felt Pardew had been left short of a CB and striker by the usual financial brinkmanship at end of August.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ve read two different match reports in two different papers, both gave Shola Ameobi 8/10 and both said he was a constant threat even hitting WBA cross bar with a decent effort.

    Should have sold Shola earlier he’s having that much impact, wonder if he’s in the Guinness book of records because hitting WBA crossbar from Turkey couldn’t have been done before 😉

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    magscar

    The sackpardew brigade would be wrong to try to take credit for Pardew’s changed approach to games and player selection.

    All they did, and well, was help raise the profile of fan discontent to the extent that the media took an interest.

    I say help raise the profile because we shouldn’t forget Time4change and crowd reaction.

    A collective effort has probably forced Ashley to think about the situation and rather than sack Pardew, offer him counsel and suggesting a different approach to try to calm things down.

    Oh, we mustn’t forget Catchy’s crusade – come to think of it, I’m surprised he’s not claiming the credit for recent results!

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Where is catchy nowadays he seems to have gone very quiet ?

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Happy times lets hope we can make the most of the next 3 games so we can give the cup a real go – wembely day out would be great !

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Lesh

    Nothing against fans groups although I do think they are not so effective against an owner like Ashley unless you can target SD as Rangers have done but all has gone quiet. Regrouping or a realisation that if they are to avoid administration by end of year they have to sup with the devil?

    My only issue with sackpardew was the sole tactic of relentless targetting of one man which even if it lead to his resignation would not have necessarily changed much. They like some on here are only sleeping awaiting their chance to strike. Hope it is a long wait but you just never know.

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  • Magpie Myles

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    With the way Tottenham are playing we have a good chance of getting to the Semi.
    It’s great to see these young lads stepping up, they have made me a believer that our youth system is looking a lot better and could go from strength to strength.
    Shame we have the international break now, would like to have kicked on while the tails are up!

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #34

    magscar

    he had in his way in his first season taken his chance but injuries and others past him now in the pecking order maybe a loan away and then when he returns tiote will have been sold will enable him to get some game time
    maybe if he is playing well and we get a good draw in the fa cup bring him back for that boost his profile as the forgotten man and then look for a better club to go out onloan to

    he is still young i still have hopes he will make it with us

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Sammi’s dipping shot that hit the bar snapped out of nowhere and Cabella’s amazing cross that fizzed across the six yard line at a height begging to be headed home and delivered from almost the side line, after darting inches past his marker, with the keeper nowhere near it, were highlights for me, along with the two great goals of course.

    Both players are terrific, almost uncanny, with the ball at their feet, and have deceptive pace. They are both quick, very quick, and are increasingly looking not just capable, but formidable EPL players. It’s not just Peres, Aarons and Abeid. We have half a dozen or more genuine talents emerging, and to be fair Pardew said he expected it, but even he must be astonished by their impact.

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Beermonkey

    Share those hopes and I believe if he has retained the professional attitude displayed when he first came here he can make it as gaps open up.

    If it is Tiote please let it be on our terms i.e. when we have sufficient good cover and at right price. Surely Ashley won’t want a 2cnd half of season as we suffered from Jan this year. That would be suicide!

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Hope upper hand 🙂 against West Ham United and especially Sunderland.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #38

    magscar

    after the international break cant see how tiote can get back into the team he needs to hope some1 gets injured
    I don’t want him just to walk in there just to keep him happy,

    with most if not all players playing in there favoured best positions were balanced and organised I was surprised when we lost taylor that dummett went in at centre back and not willo
    so players seem to be getting into the team because they deserve it

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  • magscar

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Beermonkey

    Even in these days of rotation of squads the old adage of don’t change a winning team still rings true. there is also the fight to keep shirt cliche 🙂

    If Tiote does come in when fit does it necessarily have to be Abeid?

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #40

    magscar

    no it doesn’t have to be abeid but unless we have injuries I wouldn’t drop any1

    December jan we will have a lot of games and will need to rotate a bit then
    with taylor and dummet in good form and given colo’s injury concerns I would look to rotate colo a little more in this period but what games no idea we have to have one eye on the league cup against spurs we have to go for that with spurs playing the way they are

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