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Gary Lineker amongst those trolling Alan Shearer's new statue at Newcastle

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Alan Shearer's legendary status in Newcastle is set to be recognised in the next few days with the unveiling of a new statue of the club's former number nine outside of St. James' Park.

Having racked up 148 goals in a decade's service with his home town club, the striker-turned-pundit is certainly deserving of getting the honour.

However, the trolls have already been out in full force after seeing what has been lowered into place outside Newcastle's ground this morning - including Shearer's punditry pal Gary Lineker...

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Ahead of the official unveiling on Monday, the £250,000 sculpture - paid for by former toon chairman Freddie Sheppard after current owner Mike Ashley put the idea on ice when he took over - is currently being hidden from full view by what looks like a combination of blue plastic bags and duct tape.

Obviously, the unsightly cover will only be in place over the weekend, but it hasn't stopped social media from taking the opportunity to mock the expensive project which, let's face it, does look a bit awkward right now.

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And it isn't just the temporary cover that is giving fans a laugh this morning. The actual statue - designed by the same artist who created the Bobby Robson statue at the ground - has come in for criticism for an apparent lack of likeness to Shearer.

Once again, social media has been more than happy to offer up some alternatives to just who the sculpture actually looks like.

While it might not be an exact likeness to Shearer in his pomp, it certainly isn't the worst statue that has found its way to a football stadium in recent years.

At least the former number nine's iconic hand in the air celebration is synonymous with Newcastle and St. James', unlike the bizarre Michael Jackson bust that took pride of place outside of Fulham's Craven Cottage for a while a few years back.

The official unveiling at the start of next week will be attended by the likes of Sheppard and Kevin Keegan.

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