We look at how Shola Ameobi is doing right now at the club.
It’s not good as he picked up a groin injury in the first half against Arsenal in Tuesday night’s disappointing defeat.
He also looked out of place in a 4-3-3 formation playing on the left side of the front line. Let’s see what Shola has been saying to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
Shola Ameobi – last chance saloon for Shola?
Ameobi told the Evening Chronicle.
“I had to come off because I did something to my groin, which doesn’t look good,” “I want to get back in the team and start playing as a regular.â€“Injuries keeping me out isn’t good for me, but this is the luck we are having at the moment. It makes it more frustrating that I had almost a season out last year and that I am struggling to get into the team.â€
“That’s frustrating. I know what it is like to miss three or four games and then come back in is very difficult.â€ “I have always said that I need to play this season. I now have to get back, get fully fit and show what I can do.â€
“I will see how it goes in the next 48 hours. Maybe I will get some good news if it turns out it isn’t as bad.”
We don’t want to be too hard on Shola because it’s true that he’s had a few small injuries to cope with this season. But once he’s fit again he’s got to start producing and the only way to do that is start scoring goals.
He did that well for Roeder before he had his hip operation at the Steadmanâ€“Hawkings clinic last October. But he’s got big competition now for his place and he really does need to show Sam and the fans what he is made of. If we fast forward to next summer then if Shola hasn’t produced by then one option Sam Allardyce has to improve his squad is to let Shola go â€“ and then bring in another top big striker to compete with Viduka. We will also have Andrew Carroll back from his loan stint at Preston North End and if he has improved anything like he has over the last year Andrew will be challenging for a first team start also.
Carroll certainly looked just great in pre-season especially when he was partnered with Oba Martins. They seemed to have good telepathy going between them. Of course Andrew had a tremendous game and goal against Juventus when their world-class goalkeeper Buffon after the game said he thought Carroll was a star of the future. So Sam has many choices awaiting him and Shola may make it too easy for him if he doesn’t produce this season.
Stephen14 has recently posted a Newcastle United Forum Entry to discuss Shola’s future â€“ so feel free to join in the discussion over the next few days on this.
What do you think â€“ is this the last chance saloon for Shola this season â€“ let us know.
Comments always welcome.