Think of Alan Shearer and you think of his Premier League win at Blackburn and his legendary status at Newcastle – not a stunning run at Leeds United. 

However, things could have been different if one result had gone the other way back in 1999, according to Athletic journalist George Caulkin.

After a piece on the Athletic that looked at the ‘civil war’ that erupted at Newcastle between manager Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer, Caulkin dropped a bombshell on Twitter that was retweeted by Leeds journalist Phil Hay on Wednesday.

Caulkin claimed that Newcastle teammate Kieron Dyer had told him that Shearer “would have joined Leeds” if they had beaten rivals Sunderland.

Shearer was left on the bench in the game against Sunderland in a power play by Gullit but it backfired after Newcastle lost the game.

Gullit resigned a few days later and Alan Shearer stayed to claim a statue outside the stadium.

This was the time when Shearer was at the peak of his powers and Leeds fans have been left stunned by the news.

Several just tweeted back to express their surprise, with one saying, “Whaaaaaaat???????”

Another said “That would have been exciting” while another just said “Wow”.

Football might-have-beens are generally painful and we remember all too well how many goals Shearer scored against us – four in the 99/00 season alone after he apparently so nearly left to move to Elland Road.

Here’s what the Leeds fans made of the shock news…

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