As long as there is no calamity in our last 9 games of the seaosn, and we remain in the Premier League then Newcastle fans can look forward to a very busy, and hopefully a very successful, summer transfer window.
Carlton Cole – not good enough to wear number 9 shirt at Newcastle
The doubts about whether Mike Ashley will spend most of the Andy Carroll cash seem really overblown, and ample money will be made available to manager Alan Pardew to bring in some new players, and especially a new striker to replace the departed local lad, Andy Carroll, who was supposed to be living his dream on Tyneside.
Currently the number 9 shirt is vacant, and we’d like that to remain the case until Newcastle bring in a striker worthy of wearing the famous shirt in the Newcastle side.
Before Andy Carroll had the shirt this season, it was worn by Oba Martins, now trying to get a permanent deal at Birmingham, but he wasn’t really good enough to be given the number 9 shirt.
You have to remember two of Newcastle’s all time greats, Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn, made that shirt so famous, and they were both local lads too.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think the No 9 is a very special shirt here and I’m not going to give it to just anybody.” “I really hope that somebody emerges – or we bring somebody in who can carry that shirt.”
“It is an important figurehead for this football club.” “It brings with it a pressure that the player who wears it needs to be able to deal with.” “I will have to think long and hard about that.”
Pardew will attend the Stoke City FA Cup tie with West Ham on Sunday, to check out the Stoke side, who have been having it tough of late, and we only have to hope they don’t come to life against Newcastle.
Everton seemed to do that last Saturday at St. James’ Park but then immediately slipped back to their poor form at home to Birmingham, and could only draw with the side fighting relegation.
There has been talk of Alan being interested in England striker Carlton Cole, but wee have to hope this player, who is fighting to get a place at West Ham, doesn’t arrive on Tyneside this summer – we need somebody coming in for Andy Carroll who’s an awful lot better than Carlton Cole – surely?
“The No 9 shirt here is iconic in the game and whoever wears it needs to be able to carry the responsibility that goes with it.”
There are some decent players Newcastle have been linked with already in the transfer market, but the difficulty is knowing which players Newcastle are really interested in, from the many we will be linked with.
We need four to five good players brought in during the summer, and if we can do that and also keep our best players like Jose Enrique, Cheick Tiote and Joey Barton on Tyneside, we’ll be ready to rumble next season.
Howay The Lads!!