Queen Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin has revealed the footballer he used to look up to when he was a youngster.
He said: "Growing up Alan Shearer was the striker I always looked up to. His Premier League record of 260 goals is an incredible achievement and one that I can’t see anybody getting near.
"In La Liga Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have a ridiculous goal-scoring record, but the Premier League is completely different and there’s no-one in the modern game who will get close to beating Shearer."
Austin has been very impressive for QPR this season and one wonders just how much more trouble they would be in in the battle to avoid relegation if they hadn't had their star forward at their disposal this season.
The 25-year-old has scored 15 goals so far this season and whenever he has been absent from the side, it has been felt sorely.
However, he has a long way to go before matching the kind of exploits of Shearer who was one of the most feared marksmen in the Premier League era, having managed to break Newcastle United's goalscoring record - overtaking the great Jackie Milburn - while he was also prolific during his time in an England shirt - scoring 30 times from 63 caps.
As well as the 260 goals Shearer scored in the Premier League, Shearer managed to find the net on 29 occasions in other club competitions, including at the highest level in the Champions League.
Austin has a long way to go before achieving anything like that, but could end up playing for England with the sort of form he has produced this season.