Roeder eyes 'new' Shearer
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder is on the look-out for a new Newcastle number nine.
Glenn Roeder is on the lookout for a new Newcastle number nine, but admits that finding someone to replace Alan Shearer will be nigh on impossible.
The Magpies legend recently hung up his boots and will now concentrate on his new role as sporting ambassador of the club.
There is an air of optimism around St James' Park following Newcastle's strong finish to the season and Roeder's appointment as full-time manager, but also a huge void in attack which needs to be filled.
England ace Michael Owen will hopefully play a bigger part next term, but fans will be eager for another high-profile signing to come in and wear the hallowed shirt vacated by Shearer.
"Alex Ferguson has said that he has been looking for another Alan Shearer for ten years, but the scouts can't find him," said Roeder.
"But there are goalscorers out there. There are strikers who score goals and we need to find one to play with Michael."
Shola Ameobi's development has pleased Roeder tremendously, but the former West Ham boss is reluctant to put extra pressure on his young shoulders.
"I have great faith in Shola, but I need to find a striker who will score the amount of goals we need to be at the right end of the table," Roeder explained.
"We will do it. We will find a striker good enough, confident enough and special enough to wear the number nine shirt.
"It's a special shirt. It's tradition. It's important that we find the right striker.
"We have to find a player who can average 20 goals a season in The Premiership.
"Nothing is impossible. There is someone out there and we have to identify the one who will be happy, who will want to wear the number nine.
"I know the pressure that goes with that. He has to be able to carry it off."