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Newcastle United number 9 shirt has a special meaning. Three players, who wore the number 9 jersey at St. James’ Park are in the top 5 of Premier League’s top-scorers, and that explains everything. Joelinton is currently wearing the number at the club. The Brazilian has scored only 7 goals in his 71 appearances for the Magpies. But his predecessors were better. Here are the 5 greatest players to wear Newcastle United’s number 9 shirt.
White remains Newcastle United third-highest goalscorer of all time. He took the no. 9 shirt from the recently departed Jackie Milburn. Milburn was the club’s record goalscorer at the time. White managed 153 goals for the Magpies.
Macdonald was a nickname “Supermac” for his powerful build and supreme scoring ability. He started his career as a full-back, but after his move to Newcastle in 1971, he had been transformed into a centre-forward. He scored 138 goals in 257 games. He also won the golden boot in 1975.
Andy Cole joined Newcastle United from Bristol City for a club-record fee of £1.75m in 1993. Cole scored 12 goals in his first 12 games and helped the club to secure promotion to the Premier League. He netted 34 goals in 40 matches throughout the season, which landed him the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Cole has scored 68 games in 84 Newcastle United games. He continues his fine form even after moving away from the club, as Cole has his place in the list of Premier League’s all-time top scorers. He is in third place.
Les Ferdinand joined Newcastle United in 1995, as a replacement for Andy Cole. He was signed from QPR for £6m. In his debut season, Ferdinand scored 29 goals. He became the first-ever Newcastle player to win the PFA Player of the Year award. In 84 appearances for Magpies, he scored 50 goals.
Alan Shearer joined Newcastle United for a then world-record transfer of £15m from Blackburn Rovers in 1996 and since he marked his place in the history of Newcastle United and Premier League. Shearer made 405 appearances for the club. He scored mindblowing 206 goals for the Magpies and he is remaining as the top goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 260 goals.