SevernSport’s greatest Premier League players ever! Part 3

You’ve read Ryan’s, you’ve read Kelsey’s….. Now it’s time for me! Yep it’s Matt here with my greatest ever premier league player ever!

Like Kelsey I don’t support a top flight team, but I used to until it all went belly up at Wolves, (We will be back!!) So I could chose a Wolves premier league player but as we’ve only ever spent 4 seasons in the premier league then the best player probably isn’t coming from there, although George Elokobi is a close second to my choice.

Sorry George, Not This Time.
Sorry George, Not This Time.

My greatest ever premier league player is now seen on Saturday nights pointing out the obvious on Match Of The Day, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good player! I’m of course talking about the Geordie, Toon legend Alan Shearer.

The Englishman retired from playing in 2006 bowing out as the all time record goalscorer in the Premier League. A record still intact. Shearer was a proper striker, in and around the box always hungry for goal, always looking for chances and always knew where the back of the net was. 148 goals at Newcastle from 303 appearances and even more impressively 112 goals from 138 appearances in his time at Blackburn and really the man who propelled Blackburn in their more successful days.

Shearer Still The Premier Leagues Best Ever Goalscorer.
Shearer Still The Premier Leagues Best Ever Goalscorer.

The other thing I like about Shearer is loyalty. For a man who’s played over 550 times in the top flight, he has only played for 3 clubs. (Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle) A man with his record he would have had offers from the big European clubs but stuck with Blackburn and then his boyhood team Newcastle, despite only winning 1 piece of silverware, the premier league in 1994/95, with Blackburn Rovers. He has played in 2 FA Cup finals with Newcastle in 1998 and 1999, with no success. Just think where Newcastle could have been without Shearer’s goals.

Much like his club career and his predecessors, his international career also wasn’t filled with silverware. 63 senior England team caps to his name but no major cup finals or international glory, but he did manage to bag 30 goals with the Three Lions on his chest, before retiring from international football after Euro 2000.

All of that isn’t to say Shearer wasn’t successful! 3 golden boots, record for most goals in a 42 games season, record for most goals in a 38 game season, most European goals for Newcastle, most goals for Newcastle, 5 player of the month awards, 1 player of the year, 2 PFA player of the years, bronze ballon d’or award, euro 96 golden boot, euro 96 all star team and much much more!

This is simply why he is the best, despite not playing in a winning team he consistently broke records, most of which he still holds, he is a goal machine and legend and one of the best players to ever grace the premier league. Next time you score do the 1 finger in the air point celebration!

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Matt Yates

Keep an eye out over the next few days as Penno reveals his greatest player whilst Ryan & Kelsey take a look at the worse ever players!