Alan Shearer jokes on Twitter about his much-criticised Newcastle statue

Alan Shearer

The Newcastle legend has reacted positively - despite the mockery!

Newcastle United icon Alan Shearer says he is honoured and proud to have his own statue (which is on its way to Newcastle from China).

That's despite criticism and mockery aimed at the statue on social media, with it admittedly looking a bit like a 1990's FIFA version of the 45-year-old.

Shearer is unconcerned, though, telling his followers on Twitter that he really likes it - and joking that is has given him his barnet back!

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong is proving he could have a shot at eventually becoming the next Shearer while out on loan at Coventry City.

The teenager received heavy praise from boss Tony Mowbray after netting his second brace in two games for Coventry on Saturday afternoon.

It may be a step too far to compare him to the legendary Shearer, of course, and he'll have to achieve quite a bit to have a statue in his honour some years down the line...

But Armstrong could certainly come as close as a Newcastle forward has to emulating the icon's hero status if he continues at his current trajectory.

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