Kevin Keegan wants to get the best out of Shola Ameobi at Newcastle United and heâ€™s hoping that Michael Owen can help him do this.
Kevin Keegan – trying to get the best our of Michael and Shola
Keegan hopes Owen can help him get the very best out of Shola Ameobi, who seemed delighted to return to the team on Saturday. But while Shola has had some great games at the club, he is still not consistent enough and doesnâ€™t score enough goals.
In his 167 appearances for the Magpies he has only scored 28 goals. That’s an average of one goal every 6 games – really not good enough for a striker, and that would be around 6 goals a season over 38 games. Shola also played 20 times for the England Under-21 side and scored 7 goals.
But Glenn Roeder seemed to know how to get the best out of him and he averaged one goal every two games when he played for Glenn, and proved he could get the goals when he had to. Sholaâ€™s a massive physical specimen at 6’2″ and still needs to use his physical prowess more than he does right now.
Kevin is of course a legendary motivator of football players, which is hardly surprising to those who have been listening to his talks since he came back to the club last Wednesday. He’s also good at inspiring the fans too. Kevin is hoping Owen can help Shola, and of course this will help Michael because Kevin is using his experience to help the team. Kevin’s a wise man. 😀
He told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œMichael kept talking to Shola, who did fantastically well to play considering heâ€™s had hardly any proper training.â€
â€œIf youâ€™ve played football, you know how difficult that is. He wanted to play, and whilst heâ€™s still got things to learn, he can learn them.â€
Kevin is starting to work his magic at the club, and maybe Shola can still carve himself out a place in Kevinâ€™s future plans for Newcastle United.
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