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.


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.

13 comments so far

  • Stocksy

    Mar 29, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Rhoeder is talking rubbish! But if we got 5m for him happy days!!!

  • faustino

    Mar 29, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    The 5 mill figure orginated from Roeder himself yesterday; saying that was the amount Wise quoted as the fee paid at the end of the season.

    If this comes off I think Ernie’s pulled a blinder!

  • Eric

    Mar 29, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully we can remove Viduka from the pecking order in the summer too! Despite recent efforts he is not one for the future. Still think Shola could been given more of a chance. He did
    play through pain and injury for us. Cannot say Viduka did that. I wish Shola luck and hope he has found a club that can really appreciate him. He grew up boy and man on Tyneside – the wrench is awful for him now. Bad one KK!

  • geordie nick

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    think shola will do well at stoke but lets face it hes not a premiership player and never will be. id b happy with 2-3mil for him. hope he does well tho wherever he ends up next season

  • shnurg

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Eric, I must disagree, shola has had 10 years to prove himself and every time he gets his chance he did nothing, His main goals came against lower league teams or intertoto cup wins, he has been awful for us, injury or not if hes not fit he shouldnt have played ,he was stopping a youngster (like carrol or chops) from getting in.
    I do however wish him well at stoke, hope he scores goals (which he should in that league) and maybe the confidence will push him on a bit and motivate him, I believe he has always had the toon at heart but is simply not good enough at the simple things (like running, chasing defenders down, heading the ball, jumping, dribbling, scoring, free kicks, tackling he was getting better at holding the ball up in the box last year but that waned like his “potential”)
    So good luck Shola and wish you well in the future, thanks but it was definately time to move on and give your place to a youngster.

  • faustino

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Eric, Shola has just spent the best part of the last 3 years injured himself! And he’s half the player Viduka is.

    Fair play and good luck to the lad but we’ve hardly sold the next Sheaer have we?

  • Obafan

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Shola is a nice lad, who always was comitted to the club. He like Eric said played through his injury. After that I saw him twice and that was at Derby, where he played horrible and if I’m not mistaken against Bolton, where he did not do much.

    I also think the EPL level is just too high for him and Stoke might have done a good deal (not interested in the amount cause that again is the press …) to get promoted.

    Good luck Shola, you deserve it!!!

  • vitorbarbosa

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Shola is a good player. I think he done really well under Roeder and we struggled when he out injured early in the season.

    Wish him all the best. I will always support our ex-players if they left on good terms, Unlike Jenas.

  • Davies

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah good luck mate. Now, about this Fabiano…….

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    5million!!! well if this is the case then we look like we are no longer a soft touch in the transfer market, i remember ed having a poll on this earlier. maybe we will start making the right purchases at the right prices.

  • Polish magpie

    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #11

    at last, I havn’t seen worse player in my life


    Mar 29, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #12

    “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.”

    Kev I loved you before, But now with no mention of Smith at all I love you even more than humanly possible.

    Good luck Shola, You deserved better than some of the stick you got.

  • Andreas

    Mar 29, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Craigg, that was my obeservation too.


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