Big Sam Allardyce has recently given Shola Ameobi a confidence boost when he says that not only can Shola have a good career at Newcastle but there’s a chance that Ameobi can also make the England team.
Well if Steve McClaren is down to bringing back Emile Heskey, who has proven again and again that he is not a goal-scorer and an average player at best, then we think Shola should be given a chance.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and let’s see what Sam actually said on Friday.
Shola Ameobi – over his hip problem now
This is what Sam told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle recently:
â€œI think Sholaâ€™s got a great chance now. Heâ€™s 25 years old. Heâ€™s been waiting a long time for that other man that used to play in front of him to retire. I donâ€™t know why he didnâ€™t get a gameâ€
He had to live behind a world-class player, so there were limited opportunities.â€ â€œHeâ€™s now resolved his injury problem. Heâ€™s never felt better in that department as he used to be in constant pain.â€
Now he wakes up in the morning looking forward to coming to training, and that can make a big, big difference to a Premier League footballer.â€ â€œAt 25 and with his ability, he should be an alternative for Steve McClaren if he gets his act together.â€
If he wants to, he could be an alternative centre-forward for England, never mind Newcastle United.â€
â€œHe doesnâ€™t look silky smooth, but believe me, there arenâ€™t many big centre-forwards around who have the potential he has.â€
â€œWhat heâ€™s got to do now is realize his potential.â€
Shola should have benefited form playing with Alan Shearer and seems to have learned how to throw his weight around more. No doubt he’s an awesome physical presence on the field at 6′ 2″ tall. Shola has appeared 226 times for Newcastle with 132 starts and 46 goals.
Sam seems to prefer the big man-little man formation up front so Shola will be in competition principally with Mark Viduka, at least until the impressive Andrew Carroll returns from his spell at Preston, probably at the end of the season. Shola is Newcastle’s leading goalscorer, with 46 goals since he made his debut in 2000-2001 as an 18 year-old. Solano scored 48 times for Newcastle but has now left for the last time to join up with West Ham United for family reasons.
Shola is probably a much better player than fans have seen. He seems to be one who looks much better in training than when playing in games. One thing Shola just has to do to cement his place and career at Newcastle is to score more goals,. Before his hip surgery last November, he had started to do that under Glenn Roeder and that’s the big thing missing from his game. If he gets a run in the side that’s what he has to do to keep his place.
There’s no doubt Shola is a good player even though he is very awkward looking and he has played well when he has been introduced this season. Shola has set up some good goals for others but with Andy Carroll looking like a potential future super star, it is important that Shola has a good season with a good number of goals â€“ 10 at the minimum. Then he will certainly have a future with the club.
If not he may be pushed down to 5th choice striker next season and that’s certainly not what Shola wants or needs at this delicate stage of his career.