Shola’s Loan Move Ruffles Some Feathers

It seems that Shola Ameobi’s move to Stoke City on loan until June, has ruffled some feathers.

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Shola Ameobi – loan move has ruffled some feathers

Glenn Roeder, the Norwich City manager, for one seems very upset that he was not told about Shola’s move to Stoke before it was too late. Glenn talked about the loan move yesterday:

“I would have liked Shola here but I was consistently told by Sam Allardyce and then Kevin Keegan that he would not be let out on loan and that he had a future at Newcastle.”

“We were always promised a phone call if and when that changed and I found out at seven o’clock on Thursday morning that he was travelling down to Stoke to tie up a loan deal until the end of the season.”

“I spoke to Dennis Wise at length and if he is telling me the truth the amount of loan fee that Stoke have paid is incredible. I have personally never heard of a higher fee for such a short period of time.”

“Obviously Stoke are gambling that Shola can shoot them up into the Premier League automatically.”

We had heard Stoke City had paid around £200K for the loan move and given there are just 6 games remaining that’s around £33K per game, which is a lot. We also expect Shola to move in the summer and since a number of clubs are in for him we may be able to get a decent fee for him.

The Journal is suggesting £5M, which seems awfully high to us, but we’ll take what we can get, if Shola indeed decides to move on in the summer.

Manager Kevin Keegan said:

“It’s a good move for him. I initially didn’t want to let him leave, but with Mark Viduka, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins ahead of him, and with young Andy Carroll staking his claim, it was the right thing to do.”

“It is a chance for him to show what he is all about.”

Kevin is absolutely right, it’s a good chance for Shola, and we hope he can come through, play well and score a few goals for Stoke City. If that happens, it’s hard to see him not just moving to Stoke, especially if they get promoted to the Premier League in the process.

So this move puts Stoke in a very good position with regard to getting Shola in the long run.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.