Shola Ameobi is a good footballer, and unorthodox to say the least.
Shola – unorthodox but good – when he’s got the confidence
But that is a strength of Shola, because you never know what he’s going to do, and neither does Shola half the time.
His goal on Monday was a classic Shola effort, his first instinct was right on, when he chested the ball forward away from the two Man City defenders, and then he sliced the ball way to his right – but high and away from goalkeeper Joe Hart and into the net. 😀
But it was a goal and a good effort from Shola, who could so easily have missed, and that’s also the time I nearly had my first heart attack. It was such an important goal for us just before half time.
Ameobi told the Daily Express today:
“You know what you are going to get with Joe Kinnear and I think that has been fantastic for us,” “He has come in and has said the only people who can get us out of the situation we are in are ourselves.”“I think we were maybe feeling sorry for ourselves.”
“As players we always want to win and we always try our best but you can use things as an excuse.” “He has installed belief in us which was lacking. When you haven’t got a manager you haven’t necessarily got a sense of direction and that can be tough.”
“The problems at the club can make your mindset deviate, so it is great having a manager who has made us focus.” “I have enjoyed working under him and the team has found itself again. That has shown itself on the pitch with two battling displays. We now have to make it three.”
As a Geordie native, born in Nigeria but raised in Newcastle since he was nine years old, Ameobi knows so precisely how important getting a win will be today:
“Hopefully we can bring to Sunderland all the guts and determination that we have shown in the last few games,” “You don’t want to be in the team that loses to Sunderland.”
“I have never been on a losing team against them and that is something I am proud of and I want to keep my record going.”
We like Shola a lot, mainly because he seems so truthful, and how many players will admit to a lack of confidence in themselves? We always knew he was a better player than we saw last season and earlier this season. But it seems like Joe Kinnear, like Glenn Roeder before him has unlocked the secret of how to get performances out of the lad.
But let’s not get carried away, it was just one display and if there’s ever a game Shola will want to shine in, it is this afternoon’s derby game at Sunderland. Only lads raised in the Newcastle area know what this game means to the club.
Come on Shola – let’s have another goal today son. 😀