There Will Be A Few Contenders For Number Nine Shirt


If anybody was going to get the number 9 shirt at Newcastle this season, we would have thought it could have been Demba Ba.

Daniel Sturridge – is this lad a contender for number 9 shirt?

But the number 9 shirt was never mentioned to the Senegal striker, when he signed on two weeks ago today, and he took his lucky number – 19.

So if there are to be contenders to wear the number 9 shirt next season, you have to think that there could be a couple of decent strikers still to come in this summer – that  seems fairly logical.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about the number 9  shirt, to the local Newcastle press:

The number nine shirt is equally important. I will leave the number nine as late as I can.”

“I know just what that shirt means to this football club, but there will be a few contenders who could wear that shirt and do it justice.”

“It is an important shirt and I might think of giving it to a player who doesn’t get weighed down by it. I will have to assess the characters of the players to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

If nobody comes in that deserves the shirt,  then it should not be given to anybody.

But don’t  you think young Daniel Sturridge could wear that shirt with some pride and distinction?

In our active poll on whether Newcastle should go after Daniel Sturridge at around £10M, a huge 95% of readers think Newcastle should do just that.

Wonder if Alan Pardew ever reads this blog?

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223 comments so far

  • toon95

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I have a feeling he’s planning on giving it to strolla

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #2

    ed every chance u get u mention daniel sturridge

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #3

    leon best

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  • swisstone

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #4

    higly unlikely whoever it is we bring in deserves the no.9.

    Leave it unused until 2012/13 season

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  • Nouveux Chateau

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5

    I he does I’m sure he knows by now that we all want sturridge

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #6

    sturridge or erdinc seem favourites to sign unless we make a shock signing

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  • Nouveux Chateau

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #7

    *if

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  • Arn’t many choices atm.

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  • swisstone

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    unless we’re bringing in a world class player (which isn’t going to happen with MA at the club)

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #10

    George Bush was voted president of the most powerful country in the world….twice….votes arent alway right.

    There are plenty other players out there that could lead our strike force to glory

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #11

    not stturidge again ed common we know that ashley will not spend more than 10m£ on a single player

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  • swisstone

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew saying he’s going to entertain next season in the chronicle – gettin a bit sick of him saying what he thinks the fans want to hear his comments have no substance at all

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  • JackButler

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #13

    One thing’s for certain there’s no one at the club at the moment worthy of wearing the famous shirt. My hope is that in a few years time someone like Airey is good enough to wear it.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Am tired of seeing Sturridge’s name on here. He had a lovely 12 games for Bolton….but it was only 12 games and the kid has a huge attitude.

    He is at Chelsea FC so we will be a rather large step down to him…really think he wants to come to us? Anyone? If he comes to us and does well next summer he will be flashing his backside to any top 6 side he can. Liverpool Spurs Arsenal and Man Utd.

    Am not saying I wouldnt be happy if we signed him tomorrow dont get me wrong but he isnt Gods gift

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Honestly guys

    Shola should get captaincy and no. 9, Its just the sort of motivation he needs to start playing. Then the joke will be on every other football supporter we have told he is our next big thing.

    Failing that let tell him we will give him it if he scores 10 goals this season

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  • C

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Mike Ashley spent 10 million on Coloccini and that was long before we sold AC. So thats nonsenes that he won’t spend that amount on a single player.

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  • swisstone

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Agreed WWJBD – sturridge should’ve been our ‘other’ striker bought this summer, to complement a bigger more experienced name

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #18

    If one of our strikers scores 20+ goals this season, then they may have earned the number 9 shirt. Unless we bring in a top class striker who gets it because of their previous goal scoring prowess like Shearer did.

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  • robtheguru

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Sign Sturridge, even if the asking price is up to £20 million. He is going to be one for the future. I mean look at how many goals he scored for Bolton.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #20

    If Henderson is worth 18mil, Carrol 35mil, does anyone really think we could get Sturridge at a price MA would be prepared to pay.

    WWJBD

    If, and its a big IF, he were to come to us I think we could be close enough to the top 6 in the league not to have him wanting to get away from us, but then again I’ve always been a dreamer

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #21

    they shouldnt give the number 9 shirt,to any new signing.
    it should be earned!!!

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  • toonarmy1986

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #22

    What is your fascination with Sturridge? I really don’t get the hype with this man all from a loan spell with Bolton as he was shit before that!

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  • Andy

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Agreed, leave it as an incentive to all the strikers and the one who scores the most gets the number 9 (if it’s more than 15 league goals?)

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  • G

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Retire the number 9 shirt, until such a time as we find a player who is worthy and loyal enough to wear it.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #25

    toonfan76 if one of our strkers scores 20+ goals next season he will not get the number 9 shirt, he will get sold to liverpool. lol

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #26

    After all the stuff you write about him being a “puppet” of MA, why should he read this blog?

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  • JackButler

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Dannyo

    because MA told him too lol

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    JB

    Haha mate I love a dreamer but I cant see that happening. The lad loves his money (take a deeks at why he is at Chelsea now and not Man City) and we wont pay what any of the teams I mentioned pay. IF we get him he will either flop/be average and stay with us or he will be good and jump ship. He will drop a transfer request like no ones business if the money was right somewhere else

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #29

    @ wwjbd..
    ‘George Bush was voted president of the most powerful country in the world….twice’

    also means any shit could happen , lol.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #30

    whats this king shola day all about??? on twatter.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #31

    I reckon Sturridge most certainly is worthy of the No. 9 shirt. Love to see him here, and still haven’t lost hope he will.

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Sometimes I wonder about some of you on here..

    Sturridge is not over-rated at all, and is probably the only English player currently who is worth his valuation. You saw what he did to us, and he was class at Bolton and has scored for Chelsea in the Champions league.

    I wonder if sometimes people actually watch football or just voice opinions on it.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Chelsea’s new manager had two 30+ strikers, 1 50mil striker who’s form is questionable to say the least and a young English striker who had a great 6 month loan spell where he scored regularly in what is an average Bolton team.
    Can anyone see him allowing Sturridge to move before he get the chance to work with the lad???
    MA is a great businessman but even the head of the Russian Mafia would not take 12-15mil for the lad.

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  • Spike

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #34

    I wish Pardieu would shut up with his flappy gob. He know’s nothing. He talks crap and is made to look a fool time and time again.

    I want to hear from Ashley or Llamearse about what plans they have. Do they intend to bring in a striker or two?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #35

    @WWJBD

    Agree with you to a certain point. He is at Chelsea and we are not Chelsea. But he knows that none of the top 6 would have him as first choice. What he wants is consistent play. Yeah he would be using us as a “stepping stone” but thats just the game these days.

    Looks at the teams interested? Bolton, Stoke, West Brom

    I know who i’d go to over them. Our biggest competition were we to go into it would be Bolton because he’s been there already.

    And say we spend £15mil on him and he does well and wants to fuck off next season to a bigger team, he will have had more premiership experience than Carroll had and we could easily sell him for more than he was bought (especially if we only got him at the beginning of the season).

    I’m sure Pardew will be watching him and playing it by ear. You can tell that we are avoiding bidding wars as much as possible.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #36

    @jack butler

    i hope torres bangs them in next season,just to shut the scousers up.lol.

    john aldridge,and a few other liverpool knobs,were saying he was the best striker in the world etc,when he was playing for them at liverpool.then when he signed for chelsea.
    they said he was finished.haha

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #37

    joppadoni
    Haha yeah fair point

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #38

    JohnnyBrookes
    Every English player is over rated….did you watch the WC?

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  • JackButler

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #39

    belfastmagpie87

    He is a world class player who will come good would love to see him score a hat trick at the kop end just to shut the dirty scoucers up, Phil thompson especially

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    @jack butler

    haha,i would pay to see that….

    i see @cwarr07,is now slagging of keegan!!!

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