Malcolm Macdonald, the former Newcastle great, has said today that wearing the number 9 short at Newcastle is not an easy task, and he wonders if Andy Carroll is up to it.
Andy Carroll – is he up to wearing number 9?
Before any player gets the number 9 shirt, nobody really knows if he will live up to the former greats who have proudly worn the shirt – like Milburn, Macdonald and Shearer to name but three.
Certainly the last player to wear number 9 on Tyneside, Nigerian Oba Martins wasn’t good enough because he simply didn’t score enough goals. regularly enough for the club.
Oba scored 38 goals in 104 appearances for Newcastle, which is not too bad a record, but when the club was relegated last summer he couldn’t get to the exit door quickly enough.
Malcolm Macdonald said today:
“To take the No 9 shirt for Newcastle United, you have to have confidence in your own ability,””Does Andy Carroll have it?”
“The only person who can answer that question is Andy himself. But just saying ‘Yes’ is not enough, he has to prove it.”
“Not many have it, it’s a huge honour with a great legacy. You’re following some pretty special guys.” (like me?)
“Many players have put it on and not been able to do what’s asked of them.” “What the shirt stands for is an inheritance deemed huge by the club and by the fans. It’s handing over a responsibility to score goals, simple as that.”
“If you’re the No 9 it’s about growing into the shirt, taking that responsibility. Only Andy will know if he is up to the task.”
Malcolm is right to challenge Andy to prove he’s worth it, but Andy was born and bred in the Newcastle area, unlike Malcolm, and the 21 year-old knows all about what it means to wear the famous number 9 shirt for Newcastle.
We think Andy’s going to do just fine next season.