Shola Can Move – But Not On Loan

Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has been linked with a move to Championship side Norwich City, where his former manager Glenn Roeder, was recently appointed manager and quickly made Lee Clark his assistant manager.

But Sam Allardyce has already told Lee there is no chance of Shola going out on loan to the East Anglian side.


Ameobi – no loan move to Norwich for Shola

Shola is a good player, but is not the top class player that Newcastle need up front with Viduka, given where the team want to go in the next few seasons. He seems to have fallen out of favor at St. James’ Park and is frustrated at his lack of first team football. Glenn Roeder is a big believer in the Newcastle striker, and it would seem to us it would be a good move for everyone concerned, but not a loan deal.

Ameobi is available for a modest £2M, and if Norwich can come up with that money, we think Sam would allow Shola to move on in January. He could do very well for Norwich and Glenn knows it. But £2M will need to be coughed up by some team, if Shola is to leave Newcastle in January. We think there’ll be quite a few teams willing to take the Nigerian at that price.

Shola should do well in the Championship and certainly can score quite a few goals for Norwich City. He needs games and goals in his career right now, and a move to a Championship team could give Shola a big lift in his career.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Bruce Henderson

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I think you will find that Norwich is in East Anglia and is not associated with a particular religion Anglican or otherwise. haha

  • maggpie

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Sadly, Shola ia a very poor player at Premiership level and will never be a prolific goal scorer at any level. His goal every other game for Roeder stat. is very misleading as it covers a short period of time and is dominated by UEFA Cup goals.
    I think he is no better than Carl Cort and will only be average even in the Championship. The main thing is to get him off the wage bill, and if anyone is stupid enough to stump up money for him we should bite their hand off.
    He shouldn’t even have got this far, as if you read his own icons web page, he was struggling to make even the reserve or youth team 1st XI when from nowhere Sir Bobby put him on the first team bench. Somehow he’s managed to stay in the first team squad, but the bottom line is, he’s a nice lad but a totally crap footballer.

  • Chris M

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, i’m ganna be unpopular here but i think its a huge shame. I understand that there are times when he has not lived up to his potential and he is not going to be as prolific as Alan Shearer.

    However i am one of the few believers in Shola. He played for the Toon while crocked for a couple of years and played well. When not in the shadow of ‘Big Al’ he showed some great potential and i think given the chance he can make it at the Toon.

    Again to be unpopular – he will play more games than ‘Fatty Viduka’ (who i do like by the way) who has always been injury plagued and doesnt have that many miles left on the clock. He is also a better striker than Alan Smith (who to me is neither an out-and-out striker or a centre midfielder of any great value).

    I know he played shite in the game that he was given a chance this season. But i have seen owen, martins, cacapa, barton, smith, taylor, beye blah blah blah play shite as well. These have all been given a second chance. Shola has not.

    He’s gonna be a bloody good buy for any club for £2m. Nevermind the Championship, he is good enough for the Premiership.

    And no……i do not want to bend him over and rim away!

  • shnurg

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #4

    never know, maybe his new hip will help him run ,jump, kick a football and tackle, …the things he didnt do for us the lummox

  • sparetheman

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    I generally agree with Chris. I think Shola’s been quite unlucky at the timing of his injuries. Last season could have been his big season to prove he can play for us with Owen out, and we have seen glimpses of what the player he could become. I remember way back when he was still very young and he ruined the Juventus defense in the Champions League. He’s always had someone in his way though – Shearer, Kluivert, Bellamy, and more recently Viduka, Martins and Owen. I think he’s given a rough ride by the majority of Toon fans.

    In any case, I do think he’s good enough for the premiership, in a team who’ll play to his strengths and give him regular football. I agree he should move on though because it’s not working for him or us. If Norwich get him, they should thank their lucky stars.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Bruce – I just saw that – thanks – changed it to East Anglian. 😀

  • Obafan

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Good lad, so he deserves a chance at another club, but IMO he has never taken the many chances he was given by Newcastle.

    I always hoped that he would take his chance, but after the Derby game I’m sure he will never take his chance in a white and black shirt.

    I wish him all the luck, cause he deserves it.

  • Leo

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #8

    he should move on to further his stop start career

  • Steely

    Nov 12, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Get rid of the friggin’ donkey asap!

  • Stocksy

    Nov 12, 2007 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Shola just isnt a premiership level striker and will just about score 10 goals in the Championship. I agree with the injury jinx that he has suffered….yet another player on the books who is always struggling with injuries…get the money…..would be hilarious if the smoggies buy him though!

  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 12, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Shola is a good player,and i wouldn’t sell him….i agree with Chris,Ameobi is a good lad…i would put Obafemi Martins and Ameobi on attack,and sell Owen,cause he is the idiot of the sesson already !

  • Ross

    Nov 12, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #12

    im never normally one to openly criticise views made on here, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and i will listen to anything anyone has to say.
    however, robert im sorry..but i think selling michael owen, and giving shola ameobi a solid first team place would be slightly far fetched, to say the utter least.
    “idiot of the season”?..what makes you say that? idiotic actions or statements from michael thus far, and i think you’ll find when fully fit and finding form, he’s comfortably the best player in the squad

  • Bill f

    Nov 12, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #13

    sparetheman, I don’t think Kluivert kept him out he was a waste of space. As I’ve already said I just hope he don’t come back to haunt us. Incidently if we got Wolves in the cup we could have Cort back here (think its Wolves) another potential ghost.

  • Bill f

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Just read on another site that Sam will keep him as cover for African players when they go off in January, so those hoping to see him get a second chance may get their wishes. Those saloon doors might just swing open again.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Just seen us linked with Nuri Sahin, apparently fat sam is wanting him after his loan spell has finished at Feyenoord, looks like he has some taste after all.

  • Bill f

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Tom-Toon, never heard of him, tell us more.

  • Marty

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #17

    hey guys i reckon we should sell him too.I also agree he is a good lad but we aint gonna get near 20 goals a season out of him even if he played every game.
    Let him play along side Lua Lua or andy cole

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Bit suprised there Bill F well he a central midfielder on laon to feyenoord from dortmund, his long passing and short passing skills are immense, some of his skills make ronaldo look like Carr (maybe) and he only 19 and already over 10 full caps for his country.

  • Toon Andy

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m sorry Ross, but who are you trying to kid? Michael Owen might be a big name and described as “world class” by the media every 5 seconds, but Robert is spot on when he describes him as “idiot of the season”. In fact, he’s being ridiculously kind to our overpaid, work-shy number 10.

    Contrast Owen and Chopra this weekend. Playing against the club he loved, Chopra was non-stop, full of hard work and spurred his team mates on more than once. Owen, meanwhile, spent the whole game sulking that he wasn’t in an England or Liverpool shirt and botched his efforts at scoring from the two opportunities he deigned worthy of swinging his foot at.

    There’s more to being a world class player than being a canny finisher, and I for one have had quite enough of Owen’s attitude, or distinct lack of it. To get back to the subject of this conversation, Ameobi is criticised by many of our fans for his lack of work rate and bad injury record. It’s funny how England’s Michael Owen doesn’t get the same treatment, just because he scores a couple of goals for his country every time we get him fit to play for them.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 12, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Ameobi wants to play football and he’s only going to get games away from Newcastle, unless he plays for the reserves.

    As much as I like him, it’s best for player and team he leaves and we use the £2M to strengthen the squad…..

  • scotty

    Nov 12, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Heads up to all you positive Shola fans. Everyone is banging on about how he’ll not get “20 goals a season”. I’d like someone to explain to me who actually will this season!!!

    As Chris said he’s been given one real chance this season and that was against Derby – and to be fair every player was shocking that night but it’s easy to target shola with the blame.

    All members of the team have been given a second chance for their mistakes so why not Shola? New owner, new structure, new manager…….. All slates wiped clean apparently? except for Shola the scape goat!

    If you go Shola, good luck to you and prove all your doubters wrong as many strikers who have been sent packing in recent years……

  • Len

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #22

    England U21 CF, had every opportunity. Did not work hard enough, did not develop, complacent, no ambition. Even if you are struggling for form you can work hard and look interested, against Derby Strolla showed nothing. Has to go. We need to set a standard and he needs a new start.

  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 13, 2007 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #23

    i just want to say. Chopra is so good. better than Ameobi.who the hell let go of Chopra?saw his compilation of goals in youtube and Ameobi’s. A big different lolx

  • Owen

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Shola was full of potenial but never came close to fulfilling it, european games excluded.

    I remember him playing against Barca, Juve and especially Leverkusen (hat trick) and he looked great but he is just too laid back for the premier league. Sort of like Luque.

    Hope it works out for him wherever he goes, but he’s had his chance in Black and White

  • Neil

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Lets face it – Would he get into a top 6 team regularly in the Premiership?? Honestly, even the most avid Ameobi fan must admit, the answer is NO. If we are to be classed as a big club once again competing for honours then people like Ameobi, Carr, Babayaro need to go. I agree that Ameobi played when he was injured and done ok but he simply doesn’t cut it for me. How anyone can have him as a starter in our team defies belief – give yourself a slap!!!

    He will never be a great centre forward and will never even compete for the number 9 shirt – that is a fact. Also, to say Chopra is better than him is slightly far fetched mind. They’re both very average players Malaysian man and also Owen I hope you are talking about the Shearer hat-trick against Leverkusen?

  • scott 9

    Nov 20, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #26

    i agree i dont htink he is anywhere near good enough if were going to step up a


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