Shola Ameobi is Newcastle United’s 4th striker this season, but he again didn’t even make the bench last night for the FA Cup Tie at Stoke City. What’s happened to Shola?
Shola Ameobi – is his time up at Newcastle?
Andrew Carroll, 18 years old and fresh back from his 5 month loan spell at Preston North End was on the bench, along with 17 year-old Kazenga LuaLua, and both were introduced as substitutes in the second half last night. Where exactly was our 4th striker Shola Ameobi, who has played 166 times for Newcastle and scored 28 goals since 2000? Â It’s becoming a little bit of a mystery at the club.
As far as we know Shola is not injured and heâ€™s played just once for Sam this season, in the disastrous 1-0 defeat at Pride Park against Derby County on 17th September. Shola had a lot of hip problems last season but had those cleared up in a successful operation at the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation, in Vail, Colorado just over a year ago.
Shola then got himself back to full fitness through the end of last season. But this season seems to have been disastrous for Shola and he’s hardly even made the bench. He’s played in the two Carling Cup games and the game against Derby County in the League. He’s also appeared in the league just 3 times as a sub.
If Sam is no longer going to use the 6â€™2″ striker, then we would expect him to move in January as soon as a club comes up with his Â£2M valuation. The 26 year-old striker could either join a Premiership club in the lower half of the table, or a Championship side. It wouldnâ€™t surprise us in the least, if Glenn Roeder wants him at Norwich City, but itâ€™s unclear whether Norwich can come up with the Â£2m fee. And weâ€™re sure Sam will not let Shola go out on loan.
With Carroll coming straight back into the squad of 16, it has to put a huge question mark over Shola’s future at Newcastle United, the only club he’s ever played for.
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