Shola Ameobi is stuck on 49 goals for Newcastle United, and he is probably hoping to get that 50th goal for Newcastle at Middlesbrough on Saturday, but he has to get into the team first.
Shola Ameobi – 50th Newcastle goal on Saturday?
Joe Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It was a difficult decision for me to make because both Shola and Obafemi Martins had been scoring goals for us.”
“But when I took Shola to one side on Saturday morning in a little one-to-one chat and told him he was on the bench, he could not have taken it better.”
“Obviously he was disappointed, but he told me he understood my decision, and that he was part of the squad and that it was the team which mattered most.”
Most top teams have at least four strikers in the Premier League and Kinnear, now that he has rehabilitated Shola Ameobi now has Oba Martins, Ameobi, Michael Owen and Mark Viduka available for Saturday’s game. Not a bad collection of strikers at the club.
“I feel we have got a good balance with our men up front.”“
We have Oba’s pace, Michael’s technical ability as a goalscorer and the power of Viduka and Ameobi.”
Joe’s right and we don’t need to add any strikers during January, and the likelihood is that we’ll see young Xisco moved out, if we can get a buyer for the 22 year-old Spanish Under-21 International.
We paid around £5.8M for the youngster in August, and it may be difficult to recoup that amount in January, but we’ll see.
Newcastle also have very promising young strikers Andy Carroll (19), Fabio Zamblera (18) and Nile Ranger (17) coming through.