Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has said that he is extremely delighted to have the opportunity to wear the No.9 jersey at Newcastle United.
The jersey is regarded to be a legendary one at the club. Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer were some of the previous players to have won this number.
Both of them are considered as legends at St James’s Park, which has put enormous pressure on those wearing the jersey for Newcastle United. Papiss Cisse arrived at the club in January for just £ 9 million, but he has been a sensational hit in the Premier league. He has scored 11 goals in 11 games for Newcastle, which has propelled them to the fourth position in the table.
Many have been quick to admit that the No.9 jersey has always been the pressure on them, but Papiss Cisse has said that he is revelling in the opportunity to wear the number. Alan Shearer currently holds the record for having scored the most number of goals in the Premier league.
Even though Papiss Cisse is a long way off from reaching that record, the striker admits that he would like to be considered as one among the Newcastle faithful. Cisse can help Newcastle achieve the unthinkable by qualifying for the Champions League next season.
“When I came, it was a big surprise that they had reserved the shirt for me. I just said, ‘Wow!’ That’s more pressure on me, but pressure in a good way, pressure which motivates me. He [Shearer] is a footballing legend here at Newcastle, and I come from nowhere and get to wear it. At the moment, I am growing into it and I hope, God willing, to continue wearing it,” Cisse said ahead of the match with Wigan Athletic during the weekend.