Alan Shearer believes Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood could pose a serious threat to his own Premier League goals record.
No top-flight player has scored more goals in their career than Shearer’s 260 in his time with Blackburn and Newcastle.
In fact, no player has got to within 50 of Shearer’s record, with Wayne Rooney second in the rankings with 208.
However, 18-year-old Greenwood has managed 10 goals in 33 Premier League games in his debut season. Indeed, his post-lockdown form has proved vital to United in their hunt for a place in next season’s Champions League.
The Englishman’s latest goal, against West Ham on Wednesday, secured his side a point. After a quick passage of play between himself and Anthony Martial, the teenager fired with power to equalise.
And, speaking on Match of the Day‘s coverage of the match, Shearer tipped Greenwood for big things in his career.
“A potential superstar. I respect the power, left foot, right foot, and the way he gets his shot away early, he doesn’t give the keeper a chance to set himself,” Shearer said (via the Manchester Evening News).
“Whether it’s near-post or far-post. Everything is power, head down and hit it as hard as you can. I was taught at Southampton, by my old youth coach Dave Merrington, to concentrate on that right foot and make it unstoppable.
“Now, he can do it with his left or right foot. He gets it away early and the goalkeepers have no chance. Tonight was exactly the same. Watch how he takes it early.
“I think in 12 or 13 years time, we could be talking about a Premier League record goalscorer. I know there’s so many things that can happen in someone’s career. But I think he’s that good.”
MAN UTD DRAW NEARER TO TOP-FOUR FINISH
United‘s draw with West Ham was a solid result as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side push for a top-four finish.
The Red Devils only need a point against fifth-placed Leicester on Sunday to meet that target.
Leicester, meanwhile, have been in free-fall since the restart and were eight points clear of United ahead of lockdown.
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