Why Is Toon No 9 So Special?

02 July 2011 04:18
Alan Pardew is promising to take his time over the decision facing him this summer - for a new number nine. With Pardew still targeting a striker as one of the two players he hopes to add to his squad in this transfer window, next season’s number nine may not yet be at the club. New centre-forward Demba Ba has already been assigned number 19.Alan Pardew: “The number nine shirt is equally important. “I will leave the number nine as late as I can.“I know just what that shirt means to this football club, but there will be a few contenders who could wear that shirt and do it justice.“It is an important shirt and I might think of giving it to a player who doesn’t get weighed down by it. "I will have to assess the characters of the players to make sure that doesn’t happen.”