Ameobi Not Fully Fit Yesterday And It Showed


Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has confirmed that Shola Ameobi was forced into action yesterday, after not really passing a fitness test yesterday morning.

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Shola – not 100%  fit yesterday

Shola looked at least a yard off the pace yesterday, but scored the crucial penalty equalizer, in the draw with local rivals Sunderland.

Kinnear said that the 27-year-old striker was pressed into playing as Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins were all sidelined.

Kinnear said yesterday:

“I gave him a fitness test this morning. He said he was feeling it – his injury – but I said, ‘You still have to play’,”

So the obvious question in all of this concerns Xisco, our other fit striker, and what is wrong with the lad?

We’ve got to believe that Newcastle have an agreement with Deportivo to pay them so much money if Xisco plays a certain number of games, and Newcastle don’t want to do that, because they’ve made up their minds not to keep the lad.

The number of games could well be 10 and so far Xisco has started 4 games and been a substitute twice – so that would explain it.

Hope somebody has explained this to the 22 year-old, since he’s looked decent when he’s played.

But this also shows that Kinnear has great confidence in Shola, and of course Ameobi will do anything for Newcastle, when asked, but we already knew that.

It’s not the first time Shola has played when he hasn’t been fully fit, and he takes some stick from the fans, but he hung in there and scored the equalizing goal for his home town club.

Comments welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    a load of crap… seriously Ed.. Don’t post something like that on here.

    He’s just SH1TE

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s the other way to look at it 😀

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Why oh why does he play a injuried player?? Give Xisco a chance !

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Not only Xsico, but Lovenkrands !

    Apparently it was Joe who wanted him.

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  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5

    I applaud him for playing whilst injured but in all honesty there’s not a big difference between that and fully fit.

    It does also beg the questions as to why Xisco and Lovenkrands didn’t at least start, and why Shola was left on the pitch for the whole game?

    The second is especially perplexing because JK has tried to protect players from injury/suspension.

    As for Xisco, how Gordon Taylor can call Insomnia gate a matter of great disrespect and yet say nothing about Xisco’s situation is ridiculous. That’s further disrepect from the PFA nevermind us, the club that signed him and were so desperate to do so they did it behind Keegan’s back.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    If he was injured why did he play the 90 mins & Carroll came off?

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Ameobi’s a good player. In slow motion…

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon Sweden77 – agreed. I know its only Shola, but would rather Depo a little extra if it means not risking the fitness of another player.

    Also Ed, it doesnt necessarily mean that Kinnear doesnt want him, might just mean that they are restricting his games this season, and then could well play him next year. Very strange though indeed – it must be a serious amount of cash Depo are asking if they are letting the lad fester on the bench!

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  • Darling27

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Very poor management playing an injured player.

    This is the reason why there’s a mothers meeting in the treatment room lasting 12 hours everyday!!!

    You never hear of any other clubs doing this!!!

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I wish someone would ask Joe what hes playing at by not playing Xsico when Shola was injured.

    Hes taken the same stance as Rafa at ‘Pool with Keane, the difference is Joe is playing with our PL survival, ridiculously stubborn!

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #11

    At least Xisco’s got a beast of a shot (as we saw against west brom) which we could have done with yesterday.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #12

    The risk of “loosing” some money to deportivo by playing Xisco would be nothing compared to the loss of money playing in the championship next season

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  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #13

    There was around 50 of us watching in the pub and the cheers for the penalty were drowned out by groans when we saw who was taking it. Head in hands and absolutely certain he would hit it 57 yards over the bar we watched as he drilled the ball into the net. Credit where its due. The rest of the game he was as Brettoon so aptly described it SH1TE.

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  • Chizzy_Toon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Tom1664 // Feb 2, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Ameobi’s a good player. In slow motion…

    LOL, thats so true

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  • big boomer

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #15

    It is a no brainer Ameobi is five times a better player than Xisco. The Spanish lad would struggle to get in fizzy pop league side. Ameobi everytime for me and get Xisco at out at the first opportunity.

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  • valle

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16

    I was screamin my head off when he received the ball just outside the box totally free and then waited for so long to take the shot that their defense were all over him… He’s not only slow, its like his brain is also slow, its taking him ages to decide whether to take the shot.

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Bigboomer – at least Xisco would have at least put some power into those frankly lame shots shola was dribbling all over the box

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  • ian

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Shola has done a really good job for us, we werent smart enough to keep Sibierski on a 2 year contract even though he was a regular scorer, we werent smart enough to buy Jason Roberts for £2.5m as a back up striker when Blackburn offered him, he has always been a reliable strong striker, doesnt look like we will try and get Dave Kitson from Stoke where he hasnt settled, he is wrong in that team, we have to wait for them to show talent again then wonder why we never went for them, but Shola did a job for us, he showed some danger and that was a very high pressure penalty, I was nervous for him.
    Lovenkrands looked like he may be a half decent player, seems to move the right speed for his age which makes a change for our young strikers and had good goal awareness, I will have to wait and see.

    What did yesterday’s match tell me? We have some half decent players such as Jonas who just get less and less dangerous the nearer they get to goal, we need NZogbia until the end of the season he cannot go and of course we need Martins back, I think they relaxed a bit with the team we put out, if they didnt and Martins had been on the pitch then we could have easily won that game.

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #19

    guys did ull see quaresma is moving to spurs on loan !

    HOW DID WE NOT SEE THIS !

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  • valle

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #20

    toonoholic… He is not the kind of player spurs need imo and i dont think its a good move… I would be much more angry if they get Keane back.

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  • valle

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #21

    I would rather see Quaresma line up against us than Bentley or Lennon.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 2, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Ameobi beeing better than Xisco? Ameobi has scored 50 goals so far in how many games? I bet Xisco would beat that if he was given a chance

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  • Kirill of Russia

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Ugly!
    At us in a court yard ?????? it is better
    Kinneir – the idiot

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  • Kirill of Russia

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Ugly!
    At us in a court yard play it is better
    ??????? – the idiot

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  • BT9MAG

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Apparently his brother Sam is more of the same…He shows bucket loads of potential (Shola had Bobby Robson as one of his biggest supporters) and is supposedly the most naturally talented player in the U18s, but just as infuriating as his big brother.

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #26

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    [edit]Football career

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Shite! Wrong thread!

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  • ian

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Shola’s goals per appearances arent bad for an off the bench striker, he is best kept as he does a job, doesnt complain and isnt expensive. If one goal keeps us up, then we could look back at that penalty when no top strikers were available and see how important that was.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Ian why talk about keeping Zogbia. The guy has said he will never play under Joe again. Do you think he is likely to make first team again? I think Joe would rather play collo at left wing than charlie

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  • cyprusmag

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #30

    BT9MAG-apparantly, you mean you haven’t got a clue because you’ve never seen him?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #31

    So whats Shola’s excuse for other matches then?

    Lets hope this game has not put his recovery back any further.

    Injured + failed fitness = dont play and use a fit striker

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #32

    But after all, Shola is a Newcastle player so I support him eventhough I dont think hes made for the premiership and not should been played with a injurie when we have Xisco fit and willing to show hes worth.

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  • huss37

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Words cannot express how shite this fool of a so called footballer is….get the F*** out of Newcastle

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  • ian

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34

    charlietoon, Zog just opens his mouth and rubbish comes out, he would play the same as he wouldnt play before and then played again and again at the back, these lot are employed for their football skills not their brains or pr skills.

    I would listen to him and keep him we need the goals and we need him to play in Martins, Martins needs quick one touch support, Jonas is ok, Duff is crap and Owen is slow, his best link up is with Zog.

    If we lose 4 goals from the wing and Martins scores only 2/3rds of what he did before because of lack of support we are in trouble.

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  • ian

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #35

    ian that should be wouldNT listen sorry.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #36

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