Former England striker Alan Shearer has named Jay-Jay Okocha in his top 10 Premier League cult heroes as part of the Match of the Day podcast alongside Gary Lineker and Micah Richards.
Interestingly, these are the players often forgotten by neutrals, but loved by supporters.
Whether it’s for their talents on the pitch, or their exploits off it, the cult hero is the player revered by fans even years after their departure.
Shearer who spent almost the entirety of his career smashing in top-flight goals and was the first entrant into the newly formed Premier League Hall of Fame.
So the former Newcastle United, Blackburn and Southampton striker is well placed to list the biggest cult heroes in the history of the competition.
Here, the legendary striker explains his decisions on picking Okocha who was part of an influx of legendary players that rocked up to Bolton, during Sam Allardyce’s tenure at the club.
Signing from PSG in 2002, Okocha scored seven goals in his first season and would eventually lead the Trotters to the League Cup final in 2004.
So good they named him twice.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) April 27, 2021
Shearer said: “ He made the difficult things look easy – I must’ve tried that flicking over heads a million times and it’s never come off once. Gifted, natural ability, superb player.”
Full list of Alan Shearer’s top 10 cult heroes: 1.Eric Cantona, 2. Matt Le Tissier, 3. Paul Gascoigne, 4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 5. Paulo di Canio, 6. Jay-Jay Okocha, 7. Mario Balotelli, 8. Chris Waddle, 9. David Ginola, 10. Faustino Asprilla.