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Will the record set by Alan Shearer be beaten by the current Premier League crop?

Despite retiring in 2006, Alan Shearer still holds the record for the most Premier League goals with 260 and is ahead by some stretch. The Newcastle legend has been somewhat untouchable at the top of the scoring charts for some time but now there are certain strikers that could pose a threat to Shearer’s crown.

Up until just last month, Alan Shearer was the only player in Premier League history to have breached the 200 goal mark, this was of course changed by Wayne Rooney’s goal for Everton away at Manchester City. For a time Rooney seemed a potential challenger to the record however his decline over recent seasons has seen his chances all but diminish. Now as he nears the age of 32 Rooney will have to settle for being just the second player in Premier history to surpass 200 goals. Where Rooney may have fallen short however there are players in the Premier League that seemingly have the potential to break Shearer’s record and the opinion that they can do so is gathering pace. Harry

Harry Kane netted his 80th Premier League goal at the weekend and at the age of 24 he boasts a good chance of catching his England predecessor. In a similar comparison, Manchester United’s new boy Romelu Lukaku is the same age as Kane and after his exploits for West Brom and Everton over the past 4-5 seasons he too is in a position to threaten the record set by Alan Shearer.

Kane and very Able

Firstly we shall look at the Spurs frontman Harry Kane. Kane has stunned most Premier League fans by shaking off the initial one season wonder label to instead win back to back golden boot awards. After initially making his mark in the 2014/15 season in which he scored 21 goals Kane has since proved to be one of the most feared frontmen in the league. With 80 goals in his 120 appearances in the top flight Kane boasts an impressive ratio and will have his eye on matching Thierry Henry and the afore mentioned Alan Shearer in claiming a third straight golden boot this season. Kane certainly has every chance of reaching the record of course, but it won’t be an easy task by any stretch. Whilst he may have netted 80 in just three full seasons he is still 180 away from the record which is a very large amount. He will need longevity to beat Shearer and avoid the apparent wind-down Rooney has endured as he has reach 30.

Lucky Lukaku

n to the Belgian front man Romelu Lukaku. After initially moving to Chelsea when he arrived in England he found his feet whilst on loan at West Brom and Everton. Lukaku has always been seen as a player with the potential to be one of the best in Europe and he is undoubtedly beginning to be seen in that light. A big money move to Old Trafford this summer along with his impressive return of 89 goals to date in the Premier League leaves him in good stead to score plenty more in his career, especially after hitting the ground running up top for Jose Mourinho. Lukaku is the same age as Kane and after his move from Everton finds himself at a team that will be expected to compete for top honours in England, which can only help his chances of gunning down Shearer’s record of which he is 171 goals shy of as things stand.

Summary

Much like Kane the longevity and preservation on his current powers will be the key factor but to rule either player out of fighting for it between them would be foolish.

Provided Kane and Lukaku both remain in the Premier League for the foreseeable future they do have the potential to threaten Shearer’s record. Any season tally short of 20-25 goals will be seen as a below par campaign for both after their impressive seasons of late. Perhaps during that time, others will impose themselves as potential candidates also such as Lukaku’s Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford who continues to show his vast potential. As things stand however Kane and Lukaku are the main centre-forwards in the league with the potential be seen as Premier League top dog.

Perhaps during that time, others will impose themselves as potential candidates also such as Lukaku’s Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford who continues to show his vast potential. As things stand however Kane and Lukaku are the main centre-forwards in the league with the potential be seen as Premier League top dog.

About Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.
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