Shola had a hip injury last season, but he played through the pain until he was dispatched to the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Colorado, in October 2006, where Alan Shearer and Michael Owen had also been for their injuries.
Shola Ameobi – last chance saloon before the end of this season
The operation went extremely well and Shola is now cured of that chronic hip problem he had for a couple of seasons, yet this season he has not performed well at all â€“ not even as good as when he had the injury and played through the pain. And we donâ€™t know exactly whatâ€™s wrong.
Ameobi’s lack of playing time this season, under both Big Sam and Kevin, have frustrated Shola, but when he has played he’s been low profile at best, and it’s getting clear the next few months will be important, if the Nigerian born striker wants to stay at the Tyne-side club.
Kevin talked about Ameobi:
“I’ve already sat with Shola and told him what I think.â€ “There’s a danger with somebody like Shola Ameobi that when you sit in a room with him, you think he’s just a young lad.â€
“But he’s 26 now, so he’s either got to make the breakthrough quite quickly, or look at somewhere else where he can do it.â€
“My intention is to work with him and help him, and because he’s a forward, it’s right in my area of expertise. That’s where I played, and I know what it’s like and how tough it is.â€
“I don’t know what it’s like to be 6ft 3in, that’s for sure, but there’s a better player in Shola than we’ve seen at the moment.”
Ameobi has made just one start under Keegan in the 0-0 draw against Bolton Wanderers at St James’s Park almost three weeks ago. And even before Keegan came Shola didnâ€™t play much at all for Big Sam, and wehn he did play he had an awful game, in our 1-0 defeat at Derby County at Pride Park in September.
“The big test will be when Shola gets his chance, and he’ll get his chance between now and the end of the season.â€ “What I see, I like, and there’s a lot to work on.â€
“Although he’s 26, he’s younger than that in terms of experience. There are a lot of challenges here now, and Shola is one that I relish.”
We really don’t think Shola will be at Newcastle in August, because he just hasn’t come through at all this season. The only way he can still be at the club next season, is if he gets a game, and not only plays well but starts to score a significant number of goals for us through the end of the season.Â Of course, with Kevin there’s always a chance he can get the very best out of Shola,Â but in short, we just don’t think he’s good enough.
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