Papiss Cisse is well aware of what the Newcastle number 9 shirt means.
Papiss Cisse slots one home against Bolton on Monday
There have been some excellent strikers down the years wear the famous number 9 shirt, including Hughie Gallagher, Malcolm MacDonald, Les Ferdinand and of course Alan Shearer.
And Papiss has made such a great start to his Newcastle career and looks a natural goalscorer that Newcastle fans are starting to see just how good Newcastle are at getting top players for minimum fees to Tyneside.
Newcastle have spent £10M to get Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to Newcastle, if you count the £2M we are said to have paid Ba’s agent last summer to secure the deal.
That’s good business in anybody’s book, and we still have £25M from the fee we received from Liverpool for Andy Carroll, who scored the very late winner for Liverpool last night in their 3-2 win at Blackburn.
This is what Papiss Cisse said about the number 9 jersey at Newcastle, which was worn before him by Andy Carroll:
“I know that the No. 9 shirt is a huge thing in Newcastle, a monumental honor for me,” “Alan Shearer has set the bar very high and I have to try and follow the path that he has set down.”
“I need to be aware of the past and what the shirt means. I am doing all I can to be worthy. Alan Shearer is the example I have to try and follow.”
“Everyone is trying to stay calm,” “Of course it would be fantastic for this club to be in the Champions League. We don’t really want to talk about it as we have to take everything match by match, but, of course, it is difficult not to think about it.”
“We are now so close. It is within touching distance and yet still there are five games to go.”
He’s right about everybody trying to stay calm, but it seems that if Newcastle can take their form of the last five games into the final five games of the season we could shock a lot of people, including ourselves.
And Liverpool won last night and hopefully are coming into some form because if they beat Everton on Saturday at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final Newcastle will be in the Europa League next season.
But Liverpool still looked a poor side last night, even though a lot of their top players were rested with an eye on Saturday, and they had gone down to 10 men in the first half when 2-0 up.
Brazilian goalkeeper Doni was sent off and former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones came on and immediately saved a poor penalty kick from Yakubu.
And Brad will now be the goalkeeper on Saturday when Liverpool take on Everton at Wembley on Saturday, and he even gave away a penalty in the second half too, and it was a calamity of errors by the Liverpool goalkeepers last night, with the suspended Pepe Reina looking on.
We have to hope that Liverpool can reach the FA Cup final, but if not then Newcastle will just need to keep winning their games, and hopefully Papiss Cisse can keep firing those goals in for us.