With Mark Viduka out once again with a long term injury, Shola Ameobi has stepped up to the plate under Joe Kinnear, and has again started to deliver for his home town club.
Shola Ameobi – shown good character to come back
In the summer it looked almost certain that Shola was on his way out, but nobody seemed too interested when push came to shove, and come September 2nd he was still at Newcastle.
But since Joe Kinnear has come to Toon, he has shown full confidence in the 6’2″ striker, and Shola has obliged with some good performances for Newcastle.
Chris Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Shola:
“I have to say I’m absolutely delighted for Shola.” “He’s worked hard in training, and in the period of time I’ve been here, this is the best I’ve seen him.”
“He’s playing regularly, which is what he wanted to do, and for him it’s just about maintaining his form.” “With Shola, there’s no doubt he has ability.”
“It’s difficult for me to say what went on before I got here. I’ve been here since the end of February, and it looked like Shola might be leaving the club. But since pre-season, he has been excellent.”
“At the moment, he’s certainly giving the team something.”
We have to give Shola credit to have come back from the depths in the summer, and while he may not be everybody’s cup of tea, he seems to resemble Emile Heskey the more we see of him.
And he certainly gave Danish International center-back Martin Laursen a tough time on Monday night, that’s for sure.
Well done Shola, now for a couple of goals at Craven Cottage on Sunday.