Newcastle Future Still Bleak for Ameobi

Shola Ameobi was fit at the start of the season, for the first time for at least two years, after undergoing a successful hip operation in Colorado in October of 2006 at the Steadman-Hawkin Clinic.


Shola Ameobi – seems to have completely lost his form

We had expected that Shola would start to shine because he had been badly inhibited by the bad hip doe a couple of seasons, and had still played reasonably well.

And Shola was also pleased when Kevin Keegan returned to St James’ Park as manager in January after he seemed to be given no chance at all under former manager Sam Allardyce.

But it’s now becoming obvious why Big Sam almost ignored Ameobi, during his short tenure at the club. Shola is playing nowhere near his best form, and stands in real danger of being shipped out of the club in the summer. Indeed we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Norwich City (Glenn Roeder) will be keen to get him to East Anglia. Roeder already has Norwich way above the relegation zone in the Championship, with 42 points from their 32 games.

When Glenn took over on October 31st the Canaries were bottom of the league, with just 8 points from their first 13 games. So in 19 games in charge Norwich have collected 34 points from 19 games – not bad at all.

Keegan has hinted more than once now that Ameobi could leave Newcastle in the summer and he told the Daily Express today:

“Our challenge, mine in particular, is to look at the club and assess players,”

“I’ve told him (Ameobi) what I think. He is 26 now and he has to make the breakthrough quickly or maybe there is somewhere else he can do it.”

“There is a better player in Shola, but the test will be when he gets his chance – and he will.”

There’s only 12 games left for Newcastle in the league, and Keegan will want to play his strongest team at least until we get out of relegation trouble. We don’t see Shola getting too many games in which he will have a chance to shine.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Chicken

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Taxi for Shola

  • Leo*

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    i think shola was victim to loving the club too much, when he should have put his career first with the hip problem he helped out roeder and co and played through the pain, maybe making it worse, but chipped in with some vital goals.

    i for one will be happy to see him go and do well at another club, because i think his time has come and gone, for whatever reason that may have been

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Shola should leave to have more enjoyment out of his career by playing first team football because he is not good enough for toon

  • wallace

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Shola is not good enough for the Premiership, his first touch is terrible, should be shipped out sooner rather than later.

    He has had more than enough time to prove himself as he was playing with the best striker that Newcastle have had since Milburn.

    Just for the rcord this is my 1st post & i am a season ticket holder & have been for about 7 seasons.

  • GM

    Feb 15, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #5

    he cant run, tackle, pass, head the ball, hold it up, coprehend the off side rule, challenge without fouling, shoot… a couple of words shola is “f***ing shite” i for 1 will be over the moon when the PLANK ships out forever, never to soil St. James’ again. Just hope he sticks carr and smith under each arm on the way out.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Leo I agree completely he needs to go but doesn’t deserve all these idiots who say how they “hate” a player who loves this club.

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #7

    I think he should relish the chance to get some first team football.Lets face it if he played in the championship and scored ten goals in a season someone in top flight would probably take him back.

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Premiership too big for ameobi,i wud love to see him move on and do well as he has scored some important goals for the toon.He has had plenty of time to impress and its time go.carroll’s chance now.

  • Ian

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    His scoring ratio is ok, especially considering his wages and he has never been first choice. He plays an ugly game though, sometimes even uglier than Crouch!!!
    However during that bad injury patch when we had no players he kept us up, then when he has been dropped onto the bench for players who werent scoring as many goals he never complained.
    He doesnt deserve all the abuse he gets, he needs to move on and start again in the Summer, hopefully his operation has been succesful and he will get a chance to start again.
    He is a decent bloke and has served us well considering we have had more use out of him on a fifth of the wages and no 16million fee of Owen.

  • nightfall

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #10

    hmmm…he’s better then smith…

  • wozza

    Feb 15, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont see why KK is hinting at giving Shola a chance. Shouldnt he have to play well for the reserves first?

  • Jeff

    Feb 15, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    shola is 26 now and will never be a first team starter…He has to move on he is no good…put it this way what teams in the top half of the premiership have or would ever come in for shola????? Not one……..Yeah he has scored goals but the bottom line is he is not good enough..

  • arctoa

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #13

    He’s not the best player around but you can’t fault his devotion for the club. He played through the pain barrier for half of the season, and has scored goals at vital times.

    It might be best, for him, to step down to the Championship where I think he’d excel. Chopra did that and it paid dividends (’til the silly bugger decided that going to Sunderland was a good idea) so yeah, unless he goes on some crazy run of goals I think he’ll be on his way and I think he’ll end up at Norwich. He and Roeder seem to work well together.

    Good lad, mediocre player.

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