Shola Ameobi, who looked hopeless again last night, has had the misfortune to pick up an injury, when he limped off during Newcastle United’s 1-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin.
Shola Ameobi – will not be at Newcastle come September
This is bad news because the club want to unload Shola before the end of the month, and like his strike partner last night, Alan Smith, they are not good enough for Kevin’s squad – at least that’s our opinion.
Those are the only two fit strikers Newcastle have right now, and we could have done a lot worse than fly out Italian Under-19 youngster Fabio Zamblera, and given him a 45 minute run out in one of the games.
Ameobi apparently felt his hamstring in the second half, and was replaced by Damien Duff in the 59th minute. The good news is that Shola will be out just 10 days, so there’s still time to unload him before August 31st comes around.
Ameobi told the Shields Gazette today:
“I felt my hamstring tighten up, and, as soon as I felt that, I came off. Hopefully, I caught that in time.”
“I’m just hoping this little niggle won’t hold me back, as I need to stay fit.”
There are a few clubs that have tracked Shola, but there’s just two things stopping them, his transfer price is too high, and his current wages at Newcastle are too high.
That’s the real reason he hasn’t been moved out – sounds too familiar doesn’t it.
“I still want to be a Newcastle United player, and I still am. That’s where my focus is.”“I had quite a few injuries last season.”
“There were different things that kept me back, and stopped me being as fit as I should have been.”
“I missed a lot of pre-season last year with a thigh problem, and that’s what held me back. I wasn’t fit enough to challenge for a place in the team.”
“This season I’ve made sure I’ve been right. I’ve worked very hard. The manager wants us to be one of the fittest teams in the league.”
We heard the same thing from Shola before last season started, but he still managed to have his worst season ever at the club. Too much talk and not enough action, is what’s wrong here.
Newcastle are willing to let him go for the right price â€“ understood to be Â£3M â€“ and Ameobi is well aware of this.
However, we think we’ll do very well to get Â£3M for him, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if we accept any offer over Â£2M that we get before the end of August.
“I’m still a Newcastle United player, and I have to be professional about it,” “Whatever happens in the next month or so, I have to make sure my head’s right.”
“Football’s a frustrating game at times, but you have to keep your head up and hope for the best.” “This is the fittest I’ve been in a few years, and hopefully, that can translate into playing more games. I need to improve my form.”
“I have to look after myself, and, no matter how much I love the club, I have to satisfy my need for first-team football.” “I’m working hard. Fitness has been a big issue for me in the last two or three years.”
“I’ve made sure I’ve had a good pre-season by keeping myself fit over the summer.” “Regardless of what’s happening I have to be professional, make sure my body’s right, and that I’m in the right frame of mind.”
“It’s just about me keeping up my fitness â€“ that’s the main thing for me.” “The last couple of years have been frustrating for me.”
“I need to be playing, regardless of how much I love the club.”
When you look at who’s left in the squad right now, the club have made an excellent job of getting rid of fringe players and those that were overpaid for what they gave back to the side.
Assuming Shola moves on, the only other player we’d still like to move out is Alan Smith.
Because he’s just not good enough for the team, and he’ll get very few games this season if he continues the very poor form he’s displayed this year.
What do you think – let us know.
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