Shola Ameobi has come out today and said that the Newcastle players will continue to ignore the ongoing farce at the Tyneside club and do something to relieve the depression on Tyneside. That sounds good.
Shola Ameobi – players determined to produce this season
Newcastle started their attempt to make an immediate return to the Premier League with a decent 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, and to most fans the performance was good, given all the stupid goings on at the club this summer.
Despite their failure to start the Championship campaign with a win, the manner in which they secured a point was finally some cause for encouragement after such a depressing summer.
And Ameobi believes Newcastle’s players have now become immune to the continual controversy surrounding owner Mike Ashley and his attempts to sell the Tyneside club.
“The players that have been left behind have character and we are determined to make the best out of a bad situation,”
“We are going to need plenty of that this season, we have to keep that up. We’ve got to be strong and concentrate on what we can do to improve things at this football club.”
“Everyone wants to see how we are going to react to relegation. But as players we know we have to stand up for ourselves and show what we are about on the pitch.”
“It doesn’t matter what else is going on, the only place we can do anything to show people that we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves is on a match day.”
“It’s been good to see how the lads have pulled together in the dressing room in the circumstances. The players can’t affect anything to do with the takeover.”
“Whatever goes on outside, it will happen. Things will get sorted eventually, we just have to focus on what we have to do and that’s win games. It’s been a good start, not a great start, but there is something to build on and that is the pleasing thing.”
Well that’s good if the lads can do that, because they certainly didn’t do it last season, and their lack of fighting spirit was one big reason we ended up relegated.
We also got the interviews before the games last season saying how they were going to do this that and the other, and they ended up doing none of it, and far too often let the points drift away, and of course the club paid for that dearly with relegation.
And the 27-year-old striker looked like he was on his way out of the club last summer, but was given a new 3 year deal by then manager Joe Kinnear last year.
But Ameobi is not an automatic choice, and this season he will need to prove he can knock in the goals in the Championship, if he is going to have an extended run in the first team.
“I’m feeling stronger than I have done in a while. I’ve had a good pre-season and although I got the flu towards the end, it’s been good for me to get that under my belt.”
“It was tough at time against West Brom because I hadn’t really trained the week before, but we haven’t got many players and we have to dig in out there.”
“I hope my physical problems are behind me now because it has been one thing after the other for me the last few years. I just want to stay healthy and help the team get out of this league.”
Goals will be what we will be looking for from Shola this season, and he also needs to use that big 6’2″ frame of his, to make himself known in the penalty box.
We don’t know if he can form a successful partnership with young Andy Carroll up front, but we also have 18 year-old Nile Ranger waiting for his chance, so Shola will need to keep looking over his shoulder this season.
But banging those goals in is what we all want to see from the 27 year-old Geordie lad.