My tribe

Newcastle legend Shearer delighted seeing Cisse take No9 shirt

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is delighted seeing Papiss Demba Cisse take his No9 shirt.

is delighted the club have found a man with a formidable goalscoring reputation in German football to wear their No9; more importantly still, Shearer is thrilled the 26 year-old from Senegal seems to recognise and even welcome the burden of expectation which comes with it.

"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," Shearer, the club's record goalscorer, told the Telegraph. "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."

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?