The Newcastle No9.

Maybe not this good, but we need a new No9.
The greatest prize a Newcastle player could ever achieve; Newcastle No9 – following the greats and real greats.

The best players who we’ve had occupy the role are the ones who were playing for honour, pride, and most importantly, for the shirt. Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Mcdonald and Alan Shearer are all examples of this. Not only did they score regularly, they also did their country proud when called upon.

Andy Carroll’s rather ambiguous departure from Newcastle has left the great Number 9 redundant with a dramatic void in our attack being a by-product of his departure. He wore the shirt briefly after being handed the greatest privilege and declaration of respect by Chris Hughton. A local lad, born and bred in Newcastle, he understood the weight and the power of it.

Sadly he let himself be swayed by other guises. He did the shirt proud and the days of Shearer, albeit briefly, filled our memories as we watched him terrorise and run ragged Premier League defences. Suddenly though his respect for the shirt diminished and he departed for Liverpool to become their No9. I wonder if he pulls on the shirt and regrets the fact that he sees the red instead of the black and white and when he walks out at Anfield he wishes he could turn to the adoring Gallowgate fans saluting their number 9 instead?

However that is the past and this is the present. We need a new No9! It’s in our history, our blood, it’s Newcastle. The problem is that it has to be deserved. In my mind there are three main focal points for a No9 at the Newcastle:

1) Local pride; they have to understand the passion honour and love of the club the region and wear the shirt as if they are wearing the hearts of all the fans.

2) Ability; the No9 doesn’t just go to anyone it has to be earned by prowess in front of goal; leading the line with power, ability, and determination.

3) Nationality; Now this is a debatable topic as I like the rest of you wouldn’t mind David Villa taking up the No9 shirt for us. However I think the attraction and pull of the No9 would mean so much more to a fellow countryman. There is also more of an affiliation with the fans when its one of our own.

Contenders; Carroll could have been something great at Newcastle but he gave it up for other riches so it leaves the door open for others. In a dream world we would all want a local lad wearing the shirt. Why not? We had Shearer.

That’s why I don’t think any of our new signings should get the shirt; they are too fresh to the area they are most likely going to be foreign looking at our targets. They may have the ability, but do they have the strength to carry the shirt?

Now one local lad who is playing steadily for the reserves and is one of bright hopes for the future… Phil Airey. He is young untested and raw but at the moment I can’t see anyone deserving of the shirt .. So why not wait for young Airey to break into the first team and start scoring, because if he does he ticks all the boxes.

More importantly seeing him at a reserve game….The lad has got potential and there is a certain something about him that smacks of potential No9.

Note from Toonsy – A big thanks to Liam Southern Toon for contributing this article.

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

622 thoughts on “The Newcastle No9.

  1. πŸ˜† πŸ˜† I USED TO TAKE THE P*** OUT OF CHELSEA FOR SO MANY FOREIGNERS IN THERE TEAM BUT NOW 😳 😳 , our whole midfield is foreign πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  2. Or Barton, Jose colo and Jonas might be staying and helping the new ones to settle in.
    We dont know yet, pointless jumping the gun and speculating doom n gloom.
    Anyhoo, ya never kna it might be ok after pre season etc.
    Christ on a bike do you always have to find the negatives stuart


  3. Rich – Barton said he wants to play in the Champions League………… with Newcastle, and believes there is a chance of us making it in the near future if we keep on making signings.


  4. lol chill men , just saying not too confident with our medical staffs based on past records

    anyway, looks like we’ll have a really strong squad come end of August without selling the likes of Jose/Enrique/Barton


  5. Beardsleys Boots
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Are you for real? I’ve been reading your posts recently and I’m not sure you are.

    I’m pointing out facts – if you think it’s negative you’re pretty stupid and it says a lot about you if you constantly see them as negative and cant see the comments for what they are – constructive.


  6. 😯

    I see there was some jousting again last night. A few new members to the 600 club too 😯


  7. Fantastic news. Apparently we’ve been tracking him since earlier this year. Bindippas thought they had him in the bag and he chooses us. Mind you one look at Liverpool and he would be on his toes. Fantastic signing by the sound of it. Things looking very rosy


  8. Its fantastic to hear such news this morning especially as its totally out of the blue! Well done to Pardew, Ashley and co for getting this deal done so quickly after he failed to agree terms with Liverpool. Must admit I’m over the moon about it all!


  9. Stuart I’m not getting into a big arguement with you ok.
    IMHO your comment @ 600 was in no way constructive.
    But I do agree that you have a good point about the time it takes to settle in.


  10. Which is why its a good thing that we are getting these players in early πŸ˜†


  11. Beardsleys Boots
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    So ypu don’t think my comments were constructive but you agree with them? Pointless.

    I fail to see why certain players leaving is negative too. I wouldn’t mind any of the players I mentioned leaving.

    So once again it’s your interpretation – says a lot about your mindset.


  12. “Personally I think we’ll probably see Barton, Enrique and Jonas all go –”
    so thats constructive is it? No

    “there’s a doubt as to whether they’ll all settle. How long did it take Colo and Enrique to settle?”
    Not a constructive comment either., but a valid point.

    You fail to see why predicting players are leaving is negative ❓
    says alot about your mindset pal πŸ˜•


  13. Beardsleys Boots
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    So if them players leaving were Routledge, Donaldson and Tozer, would that be negative too?

    Get a grip! I don’t think Enrique going is negative – if he doesn’t want to be here sell him, he only has 1 year left. Barton may well be a bad influence on the squad and with his constant Twittering about the regime he’s a liability. Jonas for me isn’t that good.

    So you see, I don’t see players leaving as negative – as long as their the right players to be leaving for the right reasons. If you cannot see that you’re interested in the wrong game – it happens every year.


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