Ameobi To Leave Newcastle in January


We think Shola Ameobi is almost odds on to leave Newcastle United in the January transfer window with quite a number of clubs seemingly interested to take the Newcastle striker.

Bolton Wanderers are just one of a number of Premier League and Championship clubs prepared to bid for the Newcastle striker, whose time seems almost up at Newcastle.

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Shola Ameobi – time seems up for Shola at Newcastle

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has not received any enquiries for the former England Under-21 international, but scouts were out in abundance during Newcastle’s reserve game against Everton on Tuesday night, in which Shola scored a penalty.

Ameobi has only started one Premier League match under Allardyce, against Derby County back in September, and he has a terrible game, to put it mildly. But so did a lot of other Newcastle players that night against the Premier league’s bottom team.

Shola has been a peripheral figure under Allardyce at a stage of his career when he needs regular first-team football, and the fact he has not even made the bench when both Viduka and Smith have been out of the side, tells it all.

Newcastle will need to move some players out in January to make room for new recruits and we think Shola will be moved on. He is valued by the club at around £2M and a move to Bolton could appeal to the player.

Norwich City, under new manager Glenn Roeder, are also interested – but only in taking Ameobi on loan for the rest of the season to boast their bid to get out of relegation trouble in the Championship. That does not seem to be too good a deal for Newcastle, who we think would prefer to get the £2M fee for the player, in a transfer deal in January.

There could well be other clubs come in for Shola shortly – but we don’t expect him to be a Newcastle player come the end of January. Time has caught up with the Nigerian at Newcastle, where he has failed to prove he’s good enough for the team.

What do you think? Should Ameobi be one of the players jettisoned in January?

Let us know – comments always welcome.



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30 comments so far

  • milner fan

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to see him go. He’s like a bad heskey lol. I think that say’s it all. 2 Million better off!

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  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #2

    haha great. goodbye. take care

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  • true

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Shola is NOT a bad player he is just NOT a premire league player.
    In the championship he will do well IF fit.
    Sorry Shola nice guy (too nice) but just not quite good enough.
    I wish him well.

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  • Josh

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Its nice to see the manager and players have stopped their ridiculous victory talks now we lost 2 in a row. Was really starting to piss me off, the bad results were so predictable.

    As for Ameobi, he should leave because as ever we have gone over the top with strikers and we are ruining yet another player who could have been good.

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  • Big Gaz

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    I will be sorry to see Ameobi go, he has been a loyal servant to the toon and on occasions pulled us out of the sh*t by scoring the odd goal. But unfortunatly that is all he has done, scored the odd goal. There is no doubt in my mind that he will leave in January as he is well down my list on who starts up front. But thanks Shola, you will do well in the championship !!!! Good luck !!!

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  • Obafan

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #6

    true – he indeed is a nice person and that is why I always kept faith in him. I believed that he was capable of getting it into the Newcastle squad after the Shearer period, but unfortunately he is not good enough for the EPL. I was completely sure of it after the Derby game, where he was really bad. Most of his games were not of a high standard, but he made a few good goals for us in the past.

    I think for SHola himself it will also be good to go to a different club and I wish him the best, cause he deserves it after all his efforts (good or bad) for the Toon.

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  • STEPHEN

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s no where near as good as he thinks he is, hopfully this is the kick up the arse he needs. Over the last few years he has become very complacent and his last performance shows that he’s not premier league quality.

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  • indian toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #8

    NIGERIAN …!! i thought he was ONLY born in nigeria and i thought he played for the england u-21 as a striker…. and u’ve gotta be a citizen of the country if ya hav to play for england.. rt!?

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  • Toon Al

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    he is a geordie, he did all his schooling at heaton manor school like all his siblings. he’s lived here practically all his life

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  • Cyprus Mag

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree with Josh on Shola and best for his career he goes, good luck to him.
    Let’s hope we do better as a club for all these young recruits we are said to be signing than we have for the likes of Shola.

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  • Bill f

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s a damn shame that he never quite became as good as we all thought he would. (Does that make sense). If you ever meet a true Geordie ( to those who are Toon fans but not born there) you will know as soon as we speak. The accent is never lost totally. I have been an exile for a long time but one of the first things I’m asked is am I a geordie after a few words. I think you will find the same applies to Shola. He will be just as gutted as we are that he hasn’t quite made local hero status. Best of luck Shola just don’t come back to haunt us.

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  • Rich

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Ye totally agree, hope Shola does well i personally think he will end up at Boro. Will give us some funds to go towards a quality replacement. I also think Babayaro will move out in Jan but i think Sam will keep Carr – i have no idea why as i think all 3 need to go!Players in i would love to see are Arshavin £8m, Aiden McGeady £6m, Promising young right back?, Experienced left back, Edmilson – small fee and Cardoza £6m.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    i think Ameobi is a prem player but not for a prem team who is aiming for europe i think he would fit in wel at maybe wigan or birmingham or similar. i would be quite happy to see him go for the reason that im really curious to know how he would do as a first team starter for somebody and if he did go to the championship he would be a great catch for somebody especially with all the prem experience he has and i would love to see him scoring alot bcoz he has always been able to score goals but just lacks that edge , All the best Shola!

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  • yh

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Arshavin sounds great.
    Have never been too big a fan of Shola – always looks lackluster on the field.
    Oh well…
    Just don’t go where Chopra did.

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  • michael

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    He’ll never be good enough to get you near the top of the table, therefore sell him. He’s earnt more than most doctors earn outside of Beverly Hills for not a lot of result. Get rid. He won’t score at Bolton either, like Chopra and Bramble he won’t be the one who got away.

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  • true

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Shola, remember him by thinking about the header against the Maccums and the knock dow for Big Al to smash it past everton at the Gallowgate end. I still wake up smiling about that goal what a hit. (only in my dream its me doing the shooting 😉 )

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  • Leo

    Nov 8, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #17

    good lucky to ya, shame you didnt live up to our high expectations

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  • Tripp

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Best of luck Shola.

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #19

    shame , he could be exactly what our team needs when viduka is out , but the game in which he did play he didnt exactly go out fighting for a spot , it was a terrible performance .

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  • Greg B

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #20

    He could link up with his brother Tomi at Leeds… well their reserves to be precise.
    Tomi was one of the only reserves to be offered a new contract in the summer but is way down the pecking order at Elland road, although he did play in the cup game at Portsmouth.
    He could be in line for a start tomorrow against Hereford in the cup, worth a watch as he reminds me of a young Shola at that age.
    As for Shola I think a club like Bolton, Wigan or Fulham could benefit from splashing out 2 million on him, definatley worth the risk as i think he would do a job for a Premier club given a run in the side.

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  • scotty

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m a massive fan of Shola – he just hasn’t hit the heights we’ve all expected – apart from some top class european goals!!! I have no doubt that’ll he move and improve his game and dare say we’ll regret it like we have done with many strikers over the last decade…… He’ll probably end up scoring a hat-trick against us next season!!!

    I find it strange how NUFC have never really managed to bring any of their youngsters on and other clubs do it in abundance, mmmmmm???
    there’s nothing more i’d like than to see than 11 geordies don the black and white shirt but lets face it, it will never happen

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  • Mal

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Can t head a ball,no control ,no pace 5 goal s a season,why has it taking so long to move him on

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  • Mal

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #23

    TRUTH

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  • Len

    Nov 9, 2007 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Used to be first choice no 9 choice for England U21. Failed to progress. Started every year saying he has to prove himself and break into England squad. Finished looking complacent and didnt work anything like hard enough. Who knows a move may be the making of him. Somehow I doubt it. Good bloke. Good luck. Good lesson to Taylor and Milner that your England U21 career doesnt mean a damn thing when you are 26.

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  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 9, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #25

    Let’s take the £2M and put it to good use by bringing in quality players who will improve the team.

    Good luck Shola!

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  • TOONNUTTER

    Nov 9, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #26

    GOES DOWN WITH BRAMBLE AS ONE OF SIR BOBS QUOTES “OF ONE FOR THE FUTURE.”

    UNFORTUNATELY THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE TIME AND AT NEWCASTLE WE ARE SO DESPERATE FOR SUCCESS.

    I THINK HE WILL BE A BIG HIT ELSEWHERE IN A LOW LEAGUE.

    I THINK A MOVE TO NORWICH WITH GLEN AND LEE WILL DO HIM NO HARM AND AS JOHN HARTSON HAS GONE BACK TO WEST BROM M THAN THE ROAD IS OPEN FOR THEM TO BRING SHOLA IN A DO THE BUSINESS FOR THEM.

    NICE PERSON, MET HIM WHEN HE WAS JUST BREAKING INTO THE FIRST TEAM AND AS A PERSON A NICE YOUNG LAD.

    GOOD LUCK AND I FOR ONE WISH HIM WELL, BUT IT DEFINATELY TIME FOR HIM TO MOVE ON , FOR HIS SAKE.

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  • UTD111

    Nov 9, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Lets face it – United under the current ownership and managership need to be competing for a better standard of player than Shola if we are to progress as planned. No mention of Manure, Chelski, Arsenal knocking our door down to sign him………which pretty much sums up the situation!
    Thanks and good luck Shola……..

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  • TIM

    Nov 9, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Shame if he goes…He’s worth much more than £2million !

    ANother real Gerordie leaves the team, sad….

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  • Losi

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #29

    This club doesnt seems to know what it wants. After all the splash of money for new recruits, where has it earn it on the table. it pains me to see good hands like Kieron, noberto, Lee Bowyer and Jenas leaving the club. Now, are they not doing well in their new clubs with the last week-end result? Am quite sure bringing hundreds of new faces to this club may not solve the problem afterward as you have seen so far, but lets have some form of stability. Let the players blend together and understand each other better. Alardyce, this is an advise for you.

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  • drumma

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    i think king kev will get rid of shola
    hopefully coz he is sh*t get rid .
    we need new blood and good strickers

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