Alan Shearer

We take a look at five of the best ever Premier League hat-tricks.

On this day in 1988, Alan Shearer was introduced to the footballing world as a starter for Southampton against Arsenal.

He had made substitute appearances in the run up to that tie, but it was his first start as a 17-year-old - and he netted an incredible hat-trick to show some real talent.

His goals broke a 30-year-old record held by Jimmy Greaves to become the youngest ever scorer of a hat-trick in the first division.

Shearer’s goalscoring continued when the Premier League started, and he ended his career with 11 to his name. He is still the only player in history to reach that tally.

In honour of the Newcastle legend, we take a look at five of the best Premier League hat-tricks - including Mr. Shearer himself.

1) Eric Cantona - Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur

The first hat-trick scored in the Premier League era, French striker Cantona helped Leeds United to a 5-0 win over Spurs in the opening weeks of the first season of 1992/93. It was the only hat-trick of his Premier League career, and was a great start to a wealth of honours in the English top flight.

2) Robbie Fowler - Liverpool vs Arsenal

The fastest Premier League hat-trick ever recorded, Fowler netted three times inside 4 minutes 23 seconds after opening the scoring on 26 minutes. Against a defence usually as sound as the Gunners it was a shock, but Fowler’s antics at such a young age showed so much promise.

3) Andrei Arshavin - Arsenal vs Liverpool

Not content with three goals to his name, Arshavin went one further and netted four against Liverpool in 2009. The ultimate one-man team performance, Arshavin’s heroics could still only lead the Gunners to a point, as his goals could not overcome the four goals Arsenal conceded.

4) Dennis Bergkamp - Arsenal vs Leicester City

Arguably the greatest Premier League hat-trick ever, Bergkamp stole the show in a 3-3 draw with the Foxes back in 1997, scoring three incredible goals. His attempts were also futile though, when his injury time strike to put the score at 3-2 seemed to clinch the three points, before Leicester equalised even later in the dying minutes.

5) Alan Shearer - Newcastle vs Sheffield Wednesday

Not his best hat-trick, but his last of the Premier League era, and the only time a player has reached 11 in his career. Shearer netted five of Newcastle’s eight goals in a victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, and will long go down in history as the greatest ever Premier League striker.

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