He’s been here for years, and probably will be for quite a few more, but does Shola Ameobi, have anything actually worth staying for?
Nigerian by blood, Geordie at heart, Shola grew up in Walker, a well known location around the North-East. He has spent his entire professional playing career at Newcastle United and shown no desire of leaving, although that may be helped by the fact that nobody has ever really been interested in him. He has been the second, third and fourth best choice centre forward over his years at St. James’ Park. He has accepted that, kept his head down, kept out of trouble and tried his best.
But now times are changing. With Andy Carroll signing for Liverpool, and Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands slipping out of sight, Shola once again has been given a huge chance.
Shola seems to be Alan Pardew’s favourite striker, even after Newcastle snapped up Demba Ba on a free transfer following his short spell with West Ham United. In the few games Ba has played for Newcastle, nothing has really gone his way and, and after discussing with many people, it is clear to me that there is not much faith in him although it’s worth pointing out that not everyone feels the same way and the it’s still early days.
Once again though, Ameobi started against Sunderland in the 0-1 victory and played a solid game. He held the ball up well and, on many occasions in fact, got the better of Wes Brown which is something that not many players can do. Andy Carroll failed to do it the game before the Tyne-Wear derby in fact. Also something worth noting is that he is a sublime penalty taker and hasn’t missed one for Newcastle if I recall correctly. Is it 13 from 13 if memory serves me correctly?
He just needs to take his chance to prove to all doubters, and to the ‘gaffer’, that he is more than capable of being the number one striker. You never know, maybe the number nine striker…
I feel that if he shows more effort on the pitch his quality will shine through. He’s like Marmite. Even though a lot of people hate him I feel he is a quality player, and with a bit more consistency he will take his chance and stay up front and in the first-team for the rest of his time.
It feels like we’ve been having the discussion for years now, but surely that points to the fact that there is something there? It’s just trying to find a way of getting the good bits out of Shola at all times, and not just against the Mackems twice a season.
What do you think?