“It is one of the most iconic shirt numbers in football, certainly in this country, and I’m delighted that somebody has come in and is going to wear it, I can understand why it was kept empty when Andy left, but something has been missing.
You can look into it as much as you want, but there’s no doubt that it’s a special shirt. You can say the same about the No 7 at Liverpool or the No 10 at Tottenham Hotspur. It’s one of those positions that people look at.
The most important thing is that Cissé actually wants to wear it, he wants that responsibility and that’s half the battle. There are expectations that come with it, but the biggest is a simple one – that you score goals”.
It is five years since Alan Shearer retired and suitable candidates to fill the famous black and white number shirt have been a bit thin on the ground.
Michael Owen should have been an ideal candidate and could have been if it hadn’t been for two things.
Firstly, he preferred wearing the number 10 shirt and secondly, he was crap.
Oh and you’d better add a third one, he didn’t give a toss!
Alan Shearer though has welcomed the arrival of Pappis Cissé and makes the most important point, a player has to want to wear the shirt, players who do well at Newcastle United tend to be those that buy into the whole ethos of what the club is about and buzz off the crowd.
In our new arrival I think we have found just a player.