Bad news today from Stoke City, who were promoted last weekend to the Premier League.
Shola Ameobi – having second thoughts on move to Stoke City
The news from the Midlands club today was that Ameobi has been missing his native Tyneside and is now not 100% certain that he wants to leave St Jamesâ€™ Park after all. 🙁
Tony Jimenez and Dennis Wise negotiated a great loan fee of Â£575K for Ameobiâ€™s loan spell at the Britannia Stadium.
The overall plan was that once Stoke gained promotion, which they did last weekend, the plan was for Ameobi to make the move permanent with Â£4M being the already agreed-to transfer fee paid to Newcastle. Good work by Wise and Jimenez.
But if Ameobi pulls out then he could well be back at Newcastle in July, but we just donâ€™t think that will happen, in all practicality.
Yes, he has a contract at Newcastle and has every legal right to stay at the club until his contract expires.
But we expect Kevin Keegan to make it clear to Shola, that heâ€™s not part of his plans for the future, and if Shola wants to progress his stalled football career he should be moving to another club.
Apparently Stoke manager Tony Pulis is trying to persuade Ameobi to still join the Potters and has offered him a Â£1M-a-year contract â€“ around 20K a week.
We don’t think Shola has much, if any, future under Kevin Keegan, who will bring in another top striker in the summer, and we think that will be made clear to the player. And it will be sooner rather than later.
What do you think?