Premier League’s best indirect free-kick? Alan Shearer’s goal for Newcastle v West Brom

  • Rob Swan
Alan Shearer is responsible for arguably the greatest indirect free-kick in Premier League history

Does Alan Shearer get enough respect?

The retired striker scored a staggering 260 Premier League goals during his career with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

He also netted 23 goals with Southampton in the old First Division before the Premier League was formed in 1992, which people often fail to remember.

Only one other player in history has managed to score more than 200 Premier League goals so far and that’s Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, who finished on 208 goals – 52 behind Shearer’s record.

Andy Cole is third on the all-time list with 187 followed by Sergio Aguero on 184.

However, Tottenham star Harry Kane has an excellent chance of breaking the record if he continues playing in England’s top division.

The 28-year-old is currently on 183 goals and will back himself to join the 200 club during the 2022-23 season.

Harry Kane Tottenham
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on February 19, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

But surpassing Shearer’s record still won’t be easy for the England captain.

Kane will need to avoid injuries over the coming seasons and remain at the top of his game to take top spot.

Would Shearer have scored more goals if he’d agreed to join Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United in the 1990s? Possibly. He certainly would have won more trophies, you’d imagine, although he did manage to win the Premier League title with Blackburn In 1995.

That Shearer scored so many Premier League goals with Blackburn and Newcastle is testament to just how good he was.

He could score all types of goals: headers, volleys, penalties, close-range finishes, long-range screamers, and he could even take free-kicks.

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17 Sep 1998: Alan Shearer of Newcastle celebrates a goal during the European Cup Winners Cup against Partizan Belgrade played at St James” Park in Newcastle, England. Newcastle won the game 2-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

The greatest indirect free-kick in Premier League history

In fact, Shearer might be responsible for the greatest indirect free-kick we’ve seen during the Premier League era.

Back in the early 2000s, Newcastle were awarded an indirect free-kick when West Brom defender Igor Balis passed the ball back to his goalkeeper.

The referee concluded the pass was intended and a free-kick was awarded to Newcastle just outside the six-yard box.

Shearer free-kick

West Brom’s entire team sat back on the goal-line, limiting Shearer’s options.

But Nolberto Solano had a plan and it worked to perfection.

Solano told Shearer that he’d dummy the ball first before laying it off. West Brom’s players could see their conversation but paid no attention to it.

Shearer free-kick

They were forced to retreat after prematurely rushing off their line before Shearer rifled the ball past the crowd of bodies and into the net.

Watch the clip here:

West Brom’s players didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory, with several of them turning their backs, but who can blame them?

Shearer’s right foot was a canon.

And take nothing away from either the free-kick or the strike. Both were executed perfectly.

Shearer celebrates Newcastle

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