Shola Ameobi says that Newcastle United have had a ‘storied history of great number nines’ down the years.

However, he says that since Alan Shearer retired nobody has come along to take on that ‘mantle’, wearing the number nine shirt.

Shola adding that ‘the longer it goes on, that pressure will continue to build’ for whoever then wears the shirt.

He thinks somebody has to ‘really take it by the scruff of the neck’ if they are to get close to what Alan Shearer showed for Newcastle.

The latest to give it a go is of course loan striker Salomon Rondon.

With Premier League goal records of nine, eight and seven goals in his three seasons at West Brom, it doesn’t suggest any great expectations.

However, his two goals against Bournemouth (he had only scored two or more goals once for West Brom in any PL match) ave given Newcastle fans hope of goals this season, even if not quite on the Shearer level.

What could be deemed as Shearer-like was that second one against Bournemouth, Shola Ameobi saying it was a ‘top quality finish’ as Rondon’s bullet header won the game.

Like almost all strikers, the loan number nine needs decent service and has challenged the rest of the team to ‘feed’ Salomon Rondon properly, like they did in that Bournemouth game.

Shola Ameobi talking to the Premier League official site:

For Newcastle to get the best out of Salomon Rondon, they need to do what they did very well in the last game (against Bournemouth).

“Get the ball in the box, give him something to attack.

“I think when you have his prowess in the box, in the air, you really need to feed him, give him something to go after.

“He will win his fair share of aerial duels, so if you do that enough times he will score goals.

“Clearly his strength is his aerial prowess. If you look at the (second) goal he scored in the last home game, just a top quality finish with his head.

“His hold up play – he is a strong guy.

“Newcastle have had a storied history of great number nines.

“Obviously since Alan Shearer retired there hasn’t really been one that has taken on that mantle.

“So I guess that the longer it goes on, that pressure will continue to build, until somebody really takes it by the scruff of the neck and does the kind of things that he did.

The Newcastle United number nine shirt is really special, not only to players but the fans, and the storied history of the club.”

  • Paul Patterson

    To get a great striker you have to pay some serious money. Either that or you have to not flog your prospering young player.

    • Leazes.

      …..especially to rival clubs.

  • toonterrier

    What does Shola know about forwards when he spent years going backwards. Maybe fatty is lining him up as our next manager to take us to the next level. Probably the Northern League.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Given the choice it’d be a toss up between him and the hoss…

  • robbersdog

    Shola’s right; we’ve had so many great centre-forwards downs the years – Milburn, Macdonald, Shearer, Ferdinand etc, that it really puts our current squad into perspective. The best we’ve got right now is a loan player from a team that was relegated to the Championship.

    If we ever get a new owner, we all know what the first item on the shopping list should be.

    • Paul Patterson

      Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse had potential but were saddled with Pardew as manager, so they were always due to have their abilities coached out of them.

      • Leicester Mag

        Good old P45Due had 2 great CFs so played one wide right. A true genius no other cattle trucker would have tried it, I wonder why..

      • 5floorshigh

        yeah if only Rafa had such players at his disposal !

        • James

          Your point is?

    • Kneebotherm8

      Our number 9 now is a loan player…………….unprecedented……

      • Wezza

        Even our coveted number 9 shirt is the victim of loans and cheap replacements. Staggering.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Just about sums up Mike Ashleys total disrespect for the club and its history…………total and utter contempt…

          • New Durham Mags

            I dont think we can blame him for this 1. we can blame him that we had to sign him on loan or even at all but i blame Rafa for giving him that shirt, you should have to earn that shirt by scoring a shed load of goals in a season. abit like my hero the Hos. haha

  • Mirandinha9

    Who on earth even listens to what Ameobi says after Cashleyโ€™s sycophant expressed his unconditional love for him? Shola, was one of the worst, if not the worst, centre forward for the Toon. Rob McDonald actually had greater qualities than he had.

    • Mike D

      Even in my time there’s been worse than Strola.

  • killymag

    Pity he didn,t wear those glasses when he was playing

    • Kneebotherm8


  • 5floorshigh

    next week, Shola reveals where bears schit

    • Mike D

      And gets it wrong.

  • graham18

    we all know this Shola-there is only one problem-the FCB won’t invest.It’s not thermo nuclear dynamics.