Newcastle legend Alan Shearer puts idealistic fan straight on what matters most to Premier League strugglers

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has put an idealistic fan straight on what truly matters to the likes of Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bournemouth.

Shearer knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in the Premier League as he still holds the record for the most goals ever scored in top flight of 260.

Now working as a BBC pundit, Shearer is paid to give his opinion on all things football.

Commenting on struggling Newcastle's rather fortunate 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, Shearer pointed out on Twitter that Eddie Howe's side had won 14 corners compared to Newcastle's none, had 17 efforts at goal to the Magpies' two, enjoyed a massive 69% of possession but had still lost 1-0.

'All about winning'

"It's not about stats and playing well," Shearer posted on Twitter.

"It's about winning."

But when he listed those statistics he was taken to task by a football fan who argued there is more to the beautiful game than just winning.

And that prompted a forthright response from the former Blackburn Rovers and Southampton star who disagreed entirely.

He said: "The ONLY stat that matters when you are in the bottom three of The Premier League is three points!"

It's called the beautiful game for a reason

So how true is Shearer's assessment of life at the bottom of the Premier League?

It is obvious that if a team was offered crucial wins to preserve their status among the elite at any cost, they would invariably take it, especially given the riches on offer in the Premier League.

But would Bournemouth fans give up their freeflowing, attacking style - the style that has won both Howe and the team so many plaudits for the last few seasons - in the pursuit of safety?

Hammers, Stoke and Palace light the way?

Ask West Bromich Albion supporters if they are happy at the moment. They are sitting pretty comfortably in 13th place but with no real prospects of challenging for a meaningful position and playing the kind of football associated with a typical Tony Pulis team.

Look at West Ham United, Stoke City and Crystal Palace. Managed previously by Sam Allardyce and Pulis respectively those seasoned managers and pundits were always keen to remind fans how lucky they were to have them.

They were guaranteed safety under them and fans should be grateful for it no matter how it looks it was argued.

Well look at them now, all three clubs flourishing by playing vibrant attacking football under forward thinking managers who won't just accept they are in the Premier League to make up the numbers.

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