What’s Happened to Shola Ameobi?

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?   It’s becoming a little bit of a mystery at the club.

As far as we know Shola is not injured and he’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 6’2″ striker, then we would expect him to move in January as soon as a club comes up with his £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 wouldn’t surprise us in the least, if Glenn Roeder wants him at Norwich City, but it’s unclear whether Norwich can come up with the £2m fee. And we’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.

What do you think?

Comments are very welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Brad

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Kazenga LuaLua’s not a striker. Where’d you get that preposterous hypothesis?

  • Adrian Swall

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Easy for you to say, Brad.

  • Adrian Swall

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #3

    …. best I can give is a beery theory …. BFS doesn’t like Geordies!

  • Len

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Hes a nice guy but never going to do anything in the EPL. Shola has had chance after chance after chance. BS only doing what should have been done 4 years ago. We have some good young players coming through. We should give them a chance.

  • Aussie geordie

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I dont think Ed was refering to Lua Lua as a striker Brad I think he was commenting on the fact that two youngsters from the reserves got the bench spot ahead of Shola who is not playing reserves presumably becasue he is fit and ready for first team action. Good to Enrique on the pitch and I think he played well.

  • Brad

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #6

    I see that AG, but then he starts the next sentence of with “Both are strikers…”

    Maybe he just typed it wrong, but it definitely sounds like he’s calling LuaLua a striker.

  • Chris F

    Jan 7, 2008 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #7

    yup, lualua is more of a winger than an out and out forward, seen him play a few times for the reserves.

    he’s a decent little player, but still only 17, so don’t expect too much from him.

    i can only guess that lualua was picked because of milner’s illness, which seems to have forced allardyce’s hand in starting damien duff, and as he knew duff wouldn’t last the 90 minutes, he needed someone who could come on for him.

    says a lot about the state of our squad when the only backup player we currently have is an untested 17 year old though.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I was a little surprised that Shola wasn’t on the bench. I guess this means he’s headed to Bolton or Glenn Reoder’s Norwich City. A shame really, I always thought he had a lot of potential. Especially last season before the hip surgery. I hope wherever he goes he’s successful. Cheers Shola.

  • chuck

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Watching to-days game against Stoke left me depressed and puzzled, what was Duff doing on the right wing?, where was Martins?,whats going on? Does anyone know what Sam is about, why does a team with some decent players play like crap against a bunch of second raters?
    I know his Bolton teams were under pressure to play a so called disiplined game dictated by Sam,
    I am at a loss and certainly not looking forward to whats obviously going to be a dissapointing season. reminds me of what happened to Souness, the team lay down and got him fired.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Oba is with the Nigerian National team. I heard reports that Milner is sick, so I think that’s why Duff was on the right. It does feel like the team under Souness doesn’t it!?! I was thinking the same things last week.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #11

    With a good coach Shola could have done things perhaps.
    Is Sam the biggest whinger in football?
    We have no European football, no carling cup, very nearly no FA cup and probably no Euro footie next year as well and he’s complaining about too many fixtures!!!!!!! God help him if we did actually qualify and progress in competitions.

  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Shola should have been sold years ago. 3 managers have given him plenty of chances and he’s been continually lazy and ineffective in games. He is a first division player at best.

    As for Lualua, he is an attacking midfielder, not a striker. From all reports he is going to be a huge player for Newcastle in the future.

  • Graeme

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Shola deserves a break, but he just isnt a Premiership quality striker.

    Hopefully he will get himself a good championship club that will allow him to grow and develop into a very good striker at that level.

    I wish him well.

  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Mike Ashley was in the dressing room after the game according to reports, and was very positive about the commitment he saw on the field.

  • Hammy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Shola looked a fair prospect in the Toon’s Champions league days but he seems to have went backwards in recent years, what is he now 25? he’s now out of the one for the future bracket, and looks like he’s going to have a career in the Championship with his good friend Chopra.
    A pity but that’s football…

  • Bill f

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #16

    I have to agree with Nick, decent coaching would probably make a big difference especially to the younger players. It may be to late for Shola but I hope the latest crop of youngster don’t go down the same path. Is McDermot worth his wages? If Andy Cole has a coaching badge he might be worth bringing in he knew how to squeeze something from nothing.

  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Shola: Sold to an Argentian top flight team. Was going to be River Plate, however Fray Bentos, realsing his real value, have stepped in with a late bid.

    Re the kids coming through:

    Andy Carol – Shola replacement.

    Lua Lua – Good time to play him last night. Still young and very much a lightweight – however better to give him a short run out against Stoke rather than 90 mins away to Man U.

    Troisi – Another lightweight. Unsure whether he will make the grade at top flight.

    Edgar – The forgotten man. Impressed by his performances and attitude last season. The only reason I reckon he hasn’t got a run out is due it muddying the waters in the already confused, which pairing at the back debate. (to be fair that sems to be sorting itself out)

  • Hammy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m not sure of the quality of the Toon’s coaches,
    I used to work with a player that had been on Newcastle’s books for 10 years and he said that all Terry Mac did was go around telling jokes……eh….great stuff….
    Managers seem keen to bring in “pals” from their playing days regardless of how good they are at the job intended…….I’m of the opinion that flair is coached out of players in favour of systems and formations.
    Like I said yesterday Lua Lua won’t get many games if he keeps going on mazy 50 yard runs, beating players and passing to a black and white shirt. It’s not on….

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Brad – you’re right – he’s not a striker – I took away a few words in the article to clear that up. My point was more that they are youngsters who were put ahead of Shola – especially Andrew who has just returned from a poor loan spell at Preston. 😀
    Thought Lua Lua looked very useful.

  • steve

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    To be fair to Shola I doubr he would have done any worse than the rest of our forwards over the last couple of months.

  • Andy C

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Has it occured to anyone else that Shola trained alongside Shearer for many years and managed to pick up absolutley none of his attributes. If you cant learn training alongside the best striker in the world then there is no hope for you Shola, it smacks of either arrogance or lazyness. Shola has had too many chances under too many managers and Sams attitude toward him has to be one of the plus points of his time as manager so far. Shola has spat the dummy cos he knows Sam doesnt rate him and he knows hes on his way out. Dry your eyes mate your a joke.

  • Andy C

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    And as for Terry Mac I think hes good to have around to make sure none of the players drink any alcohol. Fair play to him he is doing his best and trying to drink everything within a 2 mile radius of Newcastle and i think he should be applauded for his efforts.

    Nice one Tez!

  • Andy C

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23

    And another thing about Shola – some of you are trying to say he hasnt had good enough coaching to realise his potential – what about Bobby Robson – how many awesome young players has he improved (Ronaldo for one) he persistd with Shola cos he’s a geordie but if you wanna see geordie pride look at how Taylor throws himself about. Now compare that to Shola sloping around half arsed. And as for his performance on MTV Cribs the guy is so thick hed obviuosly been ripped off by so many people selling him coffee tables and that and tellin him they were designed especially for him when they were blatanty from IKEA.

  • Bill f

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Hammy it runs a coach and horses through Sams scientific professional approach to training.
    Yeah I know I was lauding this when he first took over (before anyone picks me up on it) but I am having serious doubts now, although I am not a (fully fledged) member of the sacking brigade, yet!!

    Nice one Andy LOL comment 22

  • Firegent

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d have Oba and Shola as my first choice strikers. If Shola had been given his chance with Lomana LuaLua way back, instead of persevering with ‘Shearo The Hero’, Shola would (I think) be hot property now.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Adrian Swall
    what’s your beery theory then????

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #27

    give ameobi a chance he couldnt do any worse than michael sicknote owen

  • Whumpie

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Shame to see Shola on his way out after he’s put so much into getting back to fitness. Can’t see why you’d have Carroll on the bench instead given Andy’s recent form and Shola’s proven ability to produce the goods at critical times.

    Great to see Lua Lua out there, though – saw him play for the reserves against Workington last year and his talent was obvious then. Last night his confidence in going past players and his passing accuracy put the rest of the team to shame.

    I think we’ve seen the last of Shola, which is a shame – he had a good strike rate in the few strings of games he had. Nice fella… if a bit daft on MTV Cribs (with you on that one, Andy)

  • darren mills

    Jan 7, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #29

    What do people think of this team for Newcastle would only need to add 2 players in January which would be Edmilson someone who is a holding player but can pass a ball, and Ashriam for someone to add creativity.
    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Butt N’Zogbia
    Ashriam Duff

    Harper Cacapa Emre Milner Viduka/Owen

    Would finally have some creativity and pace in the team as well as 2 holding players in midfiel

  • darren mills

    Jan 7, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Above formation would be 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 with Ashraim and Duff as wide players

  • jake

    Jan 7, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    okk someone please tell me what the F**K this is all about people praising enrique, the guy is terrible, one of the worst players to grace the shirt in recent seasons, are you lot off your heads..he dont know what hes doing!! get him out, we need a british left back, wayne bridge, baines, someone like this. nice to see ben tozer brought in

  • Obafan

    Jan 7, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Darren Mills – Who is Ashraim???

    To be honnest, I really think that Shola did have enough chances to prove his talent, but he just never could make it. Perhaps the coaching wasn’t 100% okay, but he defo has got many info and tips from Big Al (Shearer!!!)!!! Sometimes he played fantastic and then a game later he felt back and was a player who seemed not being able to hold a ball, very strange what he sometimes did with the ball.

    I really hope, to which team he goes to, that he will succeed cause he is a very nice guy who I wish the best of luck!!!

    Good luck Shola!!!

  • darren mills

    Jan 7, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Ashraim is the Russian captain, not sure about the spelling, would love Gudjohnson but dont think he would swap Barcelona for us..

  • john marshall

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #34

    when ameobi played it meant newcastle played with only ten men,he was and is rubbish.he was either offside,fouling or losing the ball.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Jake you dummy, he is one of the hottest spanish defensive prospects, he is new to the premiership, not match fit, and is only learning English now. Yet you judge him so harshly and want him gone!?! Anyway, you clearly have no clue since you are recommending Baines who only just signed to Everton, and inc0nsistent Bridge.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Darren you mean Arshavin

  • obafemimartins

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #37

    i thought ameobi was good in pre season but he cant cut it at premier league level. it is hard on him but he should move to norwich not bolton because he wouldnt be able to cut it there either. we desperately need a creative midfielder. giles barnes plays there for derby and he scores goals which is what we struggle to do at the moment.

  • Leo

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #38

    lua lua is a striker. who can play the wings. because he is fast and has skill….

    he plays on the wings alot for the youth teams also because the stikers are very good and he wants games

  • scottymnufc1

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    shola cant play football! its as simple as that. ive played against him at school level and watched him since he was 15! he’s always been the same. a very lucky lad to wear the shirt!

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #40

    is kazenga lua lua.. lua luas brother or cousin


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