Premier League legend hails “exceptional” star who some fans want out of the team

Alan Shearer, Premier League top scorer and all round top flight legend on these islands, doesn’t just have an eye for a number 9.

The former striker made his name as a deadly player in the penalty box, but as a true football man he has an eye for a good player anywhere on the pitch.

The Newcastle United legend was watching his old team Southampton on Sunday as they took on Chelsea, and one man caught his eye in his capacity for a pundit on Match of the Day.

Football.London have the quotes from the former striker as he raved about Chelsea winger Willian.

“Willian was exceptional all afternoon as well,” he added having first listed the qualities of the youngsters surrounding the Brazilian.

That’s the crucial point here. Mason, Tammy and the others have all deserved the rapturous praise they’ve had, but we also need to appreciate – as Shearer does here, that that success is heavily built on the more experienced players around them doing their bit too.

So let’s have a week off the youth love in, and give praise to the graft of Willian.

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