Shearer | Owen

Who was better?


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May 31, 2012
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Shearer was the better all-round player and performed at a consistently world class level for much longer.

Prime Owen was fucking quality, but overall it has to be Shearer.
 
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Blackburn in 1992. Then just 21, scored 16 goals in the first 21 games when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a game against Leeds. Shearer subsequently scored 96 goals in 117 league games across the next three seasons.

Second injury. Pre-season 1997, Shearer damaged his ankle ligaments, and missed the opening half of the season. Shearer struggled to regain form scoring just two goals in 17 Premier League games in the 1997/98 season.
He scored 121 goals in 255 games across the following eight seasons, this despite continuing to struggle with ankle and knee problems which eventually forced his 2006 retirement.

Another career hampered by injuries when look at it like that. Amazing goal record up to his second injury.
 
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May 19, 2013
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Blackburn in 1992. Then just 21, scored 16 goals in the first 21 games when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a game against Leeds. Shearer subsequently scored 96 goals in 117 league games across the next three seasons.

Second injury. Pre-season 1997, Shearer damaged his ankle ligaments, and missed the opening half of the season. Shearer struggled to regain form scoring just two goals in 17 Premier League games in the 1997/98 season.
He scored 121 goals in 255 games across the following eight seasons, this despite continuing to struggle with ankle and knee problems which eventually forced his 2006 retirement.

Another career hampered by injuries when look at it like that. Amazing goal record up to his second injury.
Yep. He used to be quick enough and more mobile before injuries caught up with him. He then became less mobile, more of a target man , but nonetheless, still deadly.
 
May 19, 2013
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Ridiculous in the air for someone of fairly normal height as well. I think he’s 5’11”ish but he scored so many headers.

Plus, Owen celebrates when he scores past teenage gingers. Skip to 1:45 to hear when Southall had finally had enough of it.

:rofl

I actually remember this fucking show too.
 
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Jun 14, 2012
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Owen never scored 20 league goals in a season.

This isn't even a debate.
This too. I know he won a Ballon Dor but he never once won the golden boot in his own league and not even breaking the 20 goal barrier once for a striker of his ability says a lot. Aubameyang got half that tally in his first 3 months at Arsenal for fuck sake.

I'm not saying Owen was shit as he was a very good player in his heyday but he wasn't top tier.
 
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This too. I know he won a Ballon Dor but he never once won the golden boot in his own league and not even breaking the 20 goal barrier once for a striker of his ability says a lot. Aubameyang got half that tally in his first 3 months at Arsenal for fuck sake.

I'm not saying Owen was shit as he was a very good player in his heyday but he wasn't top tier.
This is way off. First of all, he didn't break 20 PL goals, which is not the same as not breaking the 20 goal barrier. He scored 23, 23, 24, 28, 28 goals in his best seasons in England. He also scored 40 England goals. He was definitely top tier at his best, but he was riddled with injuries from quite early on.

Secondly he won the PL Golden Boot in his first full season (1997-98) tied with Sutton and Dublin. It was a low total for a winner, but you have to then compare it to his contemporaries. It was more goals than Cole at Utd, Hasselbaink at Leeds and Bergkamp at Arsenal got.

Owen then won the PL Golden Boot again in his second full season, despite getting his first major hamstring injury and his season ending on April 12th. That year he finished ahead of Shearer, Cole and Anelka, but tied with Hasselbaink and Yorke to win it.

The next season, he had played only 6 full games by January, and was riddled with injuries all season, missing 5 months. Almost his whole career saw him missing games with injury, then playing himself back into fitness for a few, before going on a scoring run, and then getting a knock again. When he was fully fit and at his best he was a top tier striker. Not as good as Shearer at his best no.
 
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This is way off. First of all, he didn't break 20 PL goals, which is not the same as not breaking the 20 goal barrier. He scored 23, 23, 24, 28, 28 goals in his best seasons in England. He also scored 40 England goals. He was definitely top tier at his best, but he was riddled with injuries from quite early on.

Secondly he won the PL Golden Boot in his first full season (1997-98) tied with Sutton and Dublin. It was a low total for a winner, but you have to then compare it to his contemporaries. It was more goals than Cole at Utd, Hasselbaink at Leeds and Bergkamp at Arsenal got.

Owen then won the PL Golden Boot again in his second full season, despite getting his first major hamstring injury and his season ending on April 12th. That year he finished ahead of Shearer, Cole and Anelka, but tied with Hasselbaink and Yorke to win it.

The next season, he had played only 6 full games by January, and was riddled with injuries all season, missing 5 months. Almost his whole career saw him missing games with injury, then playing himself back into fitness for a few, before going on a scoring run, and then getting a knock again. When he was fully fit and at his best he was a top tier striker. Not as good as Shearer at his best no.
And on top of that I'll add he always turned up to the big occasions. World cups, euros, cup finals, clutch league games and so on, always turned up (from what my memory says anyway). Not saying Shearer didn't, just adding to the fact Owen was definitely top tier.
 
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And on top of that I'll add he always turned up to the big occasions. World cups, euros, cup finals, clutch league games and so on, always turned up (from what my memory says anyway). Not saying Shearer didn't, just adding to the fact Owen was definitely top tier.
He definitely did. He scored more competitive England goals than Shearer or Lineker.

Owen got 28 England goals in competitive matches, with 26 of those in Euro/WC qualifiers or finals.
Shearer got 22 competitive goals, with 21 of those in Euro/WC qualifiers or finals.
Lineker got 24 competitive goals, with 22 of those in Euro/WC qualifiers or finals.

Now obviously Lineker also got a WC Golden Boot and Shearer one in a Euros, but Owen clearly performed when it counted for England to a great extent and that was in teams who rarely went that deep and often coming back from injury issues. Let's not forget that in 1998 when he was electric, he didn't even get on against Tunisia until the 85th minute and didn't come against Romania until the 72nd minute.

He also scored in every knockout game of international football he played in. Hardly many goals, due to how shit we were, but in 1998, 2002 and 2004, in those 3 matches of knockout football, he scored against Argentina (98), Denmark and Brazil (2002) and Portgual (2004).

He played in 5 finals for Liverpool, scored in the 2001 Charity Shield, scored both goals in the 2001 FA Cup Final win, scored in the 2001 Super Cup win, scored in the 2003 League Cup Final win, and only failed to score in the 2001 UEFA Cup final.

He was the epitome of a big match player.
 
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He definitely did. He scored more competitive England goals than Shearer or Lineker.

Owen got 28 England goals in competitive matches, with 26 of those in Euro/WC qualifiers or finals.
Shearer got 22 competitive goals, with 21 of those in Euro/WC qualifiers or finals.
Lineker got 24 competitive goals, with 22 of those in Euro/WC qualifiers or finals.

Now obviously Lineker also got a WC Golden Boot and Shearer one in a Euros, but Owen clearly performed when it counted for England to a great extent and that was in teams who rarely went that deep and often coming back from injury issues. Let's not forget that in 1998 when he was electric, he didn't even get on against Tunisia until the 85th minute and didn't come against Romania until the 72nd minute.

He also scored in every knockout game of international football he played in. Hardly many goals, due to how shit we were, but in 1998, 2002 and 2004, in those 3 matches of knockout football, he scored against Argentina (98), Denmark and Brazil (2002) and Portgual (2004).

He played in 5 finals for Liverpool, scored in the 2001 Charity Shield, scored both goals in the 2001 FA Cup Final win, scored in the 2001 Super Cup win, scored in the 2003 League Cup Final win, and only failed to score in the 2001 UEFA Cup final.

He was the epitome of a big match player.
And the stats are even more incredible considering he would have had Emile Heskey as his strike partner for the majority of those England games.

Felt bad for doing Heskey dirty like that, in his prime he was solid. But it's funny to take the piss out of him tbh.
 
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Owen was a fine goalscorer and could net at any time, like Lineker, but Shearer was the complete centre-forward, who you'd be confident playing alongside any creative player, target man or poacher. This poll is as one-sided as the "Cher vs Raquel Welch' one.
 
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Would be interesting to see how each faired in the Champions League and UEFA Cup. I don’t think they played in the Premier League in its strongest era.

Going abroad actually counts in Owen’s favour, but still an easy days work for Shearer in terms of who’s better.
 
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And the stats are even more incredible considering he would have had Emile Heskey as his strike partner for the majority of those England games.

Felt bad for doing Heskey dirty like that, in his prime he was solid. But it's funny to take the piss out of him tbh.
A maximum of "2" in a major finals tournament isn't incredible though.