Shearer versus Owen - Who Was the Better Player?

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  1. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    These two are having some kind of Twitter spat.

    Which of them was the better player though?

    Shearer for me. Much more of a natural goal scorer than Owen who didn't have much once he lost his pace.
  2. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

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  3. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    In terms of raw potential and ability, Owen was better than Shearer.

    The injuries killed him as a player, though. They didn't only ruin his pace, they ruined his mental state because he was always expecting his legs to give way when he tried to run.

    The career of an injury-free Owen would have been something to watch, but it just wasn't to be.

    As far as punditry goes, it's like arguing over which type of diarrhoea is worse. A fruitless exercise.
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  4. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Owen's worse as a pundit. At least Shearer has a smidgeon of an interesting accent. Owen just drones nasally.

    Owen was a better player but I think it was harder to warm to him as a fan. There was something more talismanic about Shearer.
  5. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    I think that about sums it up.
  6. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    Shearer for me, even if he did kick Neil Lennon in the face once and then threatened to quit England if the FA gave him a ban retrospectively.
  7. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Owen claiming he had no problem with Shearer ..

    Didn't he start the row with his comments ?!
  8. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Owen was always very one-dimensional and like most players of blistering pace, he was injury-prone and always destined to lose what he had quite early.

    Shearer was a git, but a formidable player
  9. sydney_horn

    sydney_horn Reservist

    Shearer was the complete striker in my opinion.

    Goal poacher, could hit a screamer from outside the box, good in the air and strong enough to hold up the ball when needed.

    If it were Top Trumps I think Owen would win on pace but lose on every other category compared to Shearer.
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  10. wfcwarehouse

    wfcwarehouse Strangeland

    Shearer. He's actually a pretty decent pundit too.

    Owen's comments smack of someone looking for a few column inches to shift copies of his book.
  11. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Jimmy Greaves. Better than Owen and Shearer in their prime and a deadly finisher. Either foot or the head. Great balance and composure in front of the goal not to mention accuracy. Englands greatest striker

    In todays mad transfer market he would be worth over £200M.
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  12. Hornet4ever

    Hornet4ever WFC Forums Last Man Standing Winner 2018/2019

    Shearer without question. Last of the old fashioned breed of English strikers. Can do the ugly with technique.
  13. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Not to mention a great pundit.
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  14. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Shearer by a long way for me.
  15. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Shearer was the better striker.
    Own had the world at his feet but for whatever reason it never really happened for him.
    Shearer is a dreadful pundit. It was wondersful to see him relegate his beloved NUFC.
  16. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Out of the two I prefer Michelle Owen.
  17. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    Michael Owen married a woman who is the spitting image of his sister. I think that says all we need to know about the man.
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  18. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Reservist

    Shearer had pace until injuries took their toll, but remained a formidable player afterwards.
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  19. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Reservist

    Isn't he Welsh?
  20. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    My old dad's favourite player. He went to watch him wherever he was playing rather than follow a team
  21. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    Aside from their playing ability, does no one else think that Michael Owen is actually a very good pundit? No other football pundit talks with such expertise and precision about anything the way that Owen talks about finishing and technique.

    It seems a bit of a waste that he hasn't done more in the way of coaching, if he could be bothered I reckon he'd be very good at it.
  22. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    From what I read most find him dull and boring but personally haven't heard him much .
  23. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player

    Yep, which is why I've found myself surprised at how perceptive he actually is. I think lots of people are influenced by his slightly monotone voice and his general reputation as being a bit of a dullard in his personal life, but when it comes to actually talking about football he really knows his onions.

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