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10 Newcastle United strikers wear number 9 shirt in Premier League era – Rated 1 to 10

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There have now been ten different Newcastle United strikers who have been handed the number 9 shirt in this Premier League era.

Callum Wilson becoming the tenth ahead of the new season, having belatedly been given the shirt after Joelinton relocated to number 7.

Not the best of starts of course on Sunday wearing the number 9, Callum Wilson failing to trouble the scorers as Newcastle lost to sixth tier York City in the opening pre-season friendly.

However, Callum Wilson having already shown last season he deserved the shirt, scoring 12 times when effectively playing in the number 9 role.

So then, where does the latest occupant rank amongst the ten Newcastle United strikers to be handed the number 9 these past three decades in the Premier League?

Here is my personal 1 to 10, feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section…

Alan Shearer

Well, there is only one Alan Shearer.

Not just the greatest NUFC number 9 of these last three decades, also the greatest ever Premier League striker of any club.

Andy Cole

He was just incredible that 1993/94 season, scoring 41 goals in total, 34 of them in the Premier League, as NUFC finished third after promotion.

Les Ferdinand

Only two seasons up front for Newcastle and it was the two seasons NUFC finished Premier League runners-up, says it all. Wearing the number 9 his first season, then showing great generosity when allowing Alan Shearer to take it over the following season.

Papiss Cisse

Signed for the second half of the 2011/12 season, 13 goals in 13 PL starts (plus one sub appearance), pretty much every goal a stunning strike.

Never quite reached the same heights again, apart from the odd match, but did well for NUFC.

Andy Carroll

Looked a great prospect when scoring 11 goals in 19 Premier League appearances in the 2010/11 season after scoring 17 in the promotion campaign. Who knows how far he could have developed if staying at Newcastle.

Less said about his return and one goal in two years.

Salomon Rondon

Only the one season but player of the year and directly involved in 18 goals, scoring 11 and seven assists.

Obafemi Martins

Scored 11, 9 and 8 in his three Newcastle United Premier League seasons.

For NUFC more a scorer of great goals than great goalscorer. I still don’t know how he scored that one at Spurs…

Callum Wilson

Made a very decent start in his first season, 12 goals from not the greatest of service.

Now he has the number 9 shirt, hopefully will inspire him to ever greater things. It looks like we will need it!

Has the potential to move up a number of places in this list, with all but the very top three places in the list up for grabs potentially, we hope.

Dwight Gayle

Stuck forever seemingly in that space of too good for the Championship but not good enough to be first choice in the Premier League.

Brilliant in the promotion season and did a decent unselfish job in the season after promotion.

Should really have left NUFC permanently two or three years ago to see if he could make it in the top tier, playing regularly for one of Newcastle’s relegation rivals.

Joelinton

Just as Alan Shearer was the easiest choice at the top…

We might never find out why Mike Ashley insisted Newcastle United had to pay £40m+ for a striker who doesn’t even like going in the box and who even Steve Bruce has declared isn’t a natural goalscorer.

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