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 itâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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.