Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has backed Mason Greenwood to break his record in 12 or 13 years as the all-time highest Premier League goalscorer

Teenager Mason Greenwood netted home the equalizer against West Ham United on Wednesday to rescue a draw for the Red Devils. The winning goal marked in his fifth goal in seven games since the football season restarted. And certainly, there is plenty of excitement around his future.

Greenwood’s seventeenth goal of the season saw him draw level with the club’s icon Wayne Rooney and George Best for goals scored by a teenager across all competitions. This has confirmed his place as one of the most prolific youngsters in the club’s history.

Additionally, Alan Shearer has stoked the flames, raving about Greenwood’s quality and tipping him to become one of the greats of the top flight.

He said, “A potential superstar. I respect the power, he can do it with his left or right foot. He gets it away early and the goalkeeper has no chance”.

“I think in 12 or 13 years’ time, we could be talking about the Premier League record goalscorer. I know there are so many things that can happen in your career but I think he’s that good. He’s 18 years of age, he’s going to get bigger, he’s going to get better”.

During his career, Shearer set a very high bar to reach after retiring in 2006 and most players haven’t managed to get close to his impressive record of 260 goals.

Wayne Rooney on the other side sits in second place on 208 followed by Andy Cole on 187 and Sergio Aguero on 180.

The majority of the pundits believe Harry Kane is in the best position to finally overtake Shearer as the Tottenham forward is on 142 goals and only 26 years old.

“A defender nightmare”

Greenwood has been earning rave reviews from Solskjaer as well as former United players following his impressive displays.

Dwight Yorke this week claimed he was better than team-mate Marcus Rashford and called him “a defender nightmare”.

He said, “He is better than Rashford, looking at his record now. You got to understand though he is still 18, at a development stage. Having Solskjaer there, he would guide him along the way”.

“Mason is a defender’s nightmare. If you look at us in the last two or three years, we have been passing sideways. Now, these guys are driving teams back into their own area. He is a fantastic talent”.