The Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer said even an ‘average’ striker would get 20 goals a season in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, but a ‘very good’ striker like him in his prime would get at least 40 goals.
A 45-goal haul would put Shearer well ahead of Sergio Aguero’s best-ever tally of 33 in all competitions during the 2016-17 season and Harry Kane’s best total for Tottenham Hotspur of 35 in the same season.
The Newcastle legend insisted he would have no trouble adapting to the modern game because ‘if you were a good player in the ’70s you’d be a good player now’.
He also claimed he would get into the current England team and Gareth Southgate would change formation to form a deadly strike partnership with current captain Harry Kane.
Speaking at Fareham Leisure Centre near Portsmouth, Hants, at the launch of its new Fortis fitness studio, he said: “Players now should be fitter with the technology that’s available and the pitches are different to when I started at Southampton back in 1988.
“So they should be fitter, they should be quicker, but I mean if you were a good player in the ’70s you’d be a good player now – if you were a great player you’d be a great player now.
“Great players now could have done it back then as well so it’s all relevant.
“If I could play for any Premier League side now it would be Man City or Liverpool with the number of chances they create, an average striker should get 20 goals a season at Man City, a very good striker would get 40 or 45 goals.”
On whether he could play for the current England side, he added: “Well Harry’s not doing a bad job is he? He’s scoring goals for fun, he got his first one on Sunday, against Newcastle typically.
“But I’d still fancy my chances if I was in my 20s. It would be interesting to see myself and Harry play together because we’d be making the same runs.”