News today that Chris Hughton has deliberately kept the Newcastle number 9 shirt available, and wants one of our strikers to earn it, presumably for next season.
Nile Ranger – may become good enough for number 9 shirt
But our question is whether any of the 5 strikers we currently have are good enough – we have our doubts.
Certainly the last man to wear the number 9 shirt – Oba Martins – wasn’t good enough – because he simply didn’t score enough goals.
This is what Chris said about the shirt today:
“It’s one of the most iconic shirts around and it’s something I’ve done deliberately. What we have is a lot of strikers here and I’m quite sure that every single one of them would have wanted to wear the number nine.
“It’s been a decision – and my decision – and it’s a bit of everything. When I came to this club I was made aware – not that I didn’t already know – what the number nine meant to this club and it’s a combination of a few things.”
“For some, I think it can be a heavy number to carry, a burden if you like, and wearing it is an achievement which I want somebody to grow into. I want somebody to earn the right to be Newcastle’s number nine.”
“It’s a combination of a lot of things, but it’s been my decision.”
Hughton seems confident that one of his current strikers can become worthy of the shirt – but we have our doubts.
Leon Best of course is already saying that he would just love to don the number 9 shirt at Newcastle.
That shirt has been worn in the past by Newcastle greats such as Alan Shearer, Malcolm MacDonald, Jackie Milburn and Hughie Gallagher.
Oh the memories.
“I certainly don’t anticipate years going past without a number nine at this club. In saying that, what I don’t want to suggest is that the strikers we’ve got here aren’t worthy of that position or that number.”
“It certainly isn’t that. That would give people the wrong thoughts of how I think about them. Each of them has a real strong value to this football club and that’s why they’re all here.”
We have to think the lad who may wear the number 9 shirt in the future is 18 year-old Nile Ranger, but he’s got a ways to go yet, while he keeps maturing and improving his game.
If Chris is to allocate the shirt next season, probably Leon Best will be the favorite get it – but we still need to see what he’s made of when he wears the very famous black and white stripes of Newcastle.
A hat-trick tonight would certainly help his cause. 😀
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