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?