Clive Allen says that Newcastle striker Alan Shearer will go down in history as one of the best front men England have produced.
The former England captain visits the Lane on Sunday with Newcastle for possibly the second last time as he he stated his intention to call it day on his playing career at the end of next season.
Clive, well positioned to pass judgement on the striking order of merit, came across a young Shearer for the first time playing for Chelsea at Southampton and could tell straight away that a goal-laden career beckoned for the player who won a Premiership title at Blackburn.
"I played against Alan when he was a young 17-year-old at Southampton and I was with Chelsea at the time," recalled Clive. "You knew then he was something special. He's gone on to score goals consistently and without doubt his greatest strength is in his finishing.
"He's also a great leader of the line and, in a way, a throw back to the old-fashioned centre forward. Teams have been built around him, he's been successful and I think he will go down in history as one of the best strikers England have produced."