It looks like Kevin Keegan likes Shola Ameobi, and Shola will get plenty of chances to prove he is made of the right stuff before the end of the season. However, we don’t think he’s anywhere near the class of Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal.
Shola Ameobi – can he get better under Keegan?
Keegan has compared a potential Shola Ameobi to Emmanuel Adebayor, and wonders why Shola cannot be as good as the Arsenal hit man. Keggan said today:
“If you look at Adebayor, what I would say to Shola Ameobi is what I saw of Adebayor a year and a half ago when he first came on to the scene is what I saw of Ameobi when he first came on to the scene.â€ “That guy has kicked on and Shola has had injuries and other little problems, I guess, but he is 26 now and I don’t think it is too late.â€
“Everywhere you go when you see a performance like that, you can say to a player, ‘He is a similar size to you. Has he got more ability than you?â€ “Well, it would look so at the moment, but truthfully, I think Shola has got a lot of stuff packaged there that hasn’t quite come out properly yet.â€
“People might say Alan was dominating when he was here – of course he was; so was (Thierry) Henry, but Adebayor has gone straight in and filled his boots.â€ “That’s not easy, that’s almost as difficult as filling Alan Shearer’s here.”
It’s a comparison that Kevin is making to try to spur on one of his players, so we know where Kevin is coming from. But most Newcastle fans will agree that’s it’s not a good comparison and Shola hardly has the skill of Emmanuel, who can control a ball instantly with the immense skill he has.
A little different to the ball bouncing off Shola, that we remember so well from that terrible Derby County game at Pride Park.
But Kevin has probably told Shola that when he sees him play next, he wants to be reminded of Adebayor.
Don’t we all.