Shola Ameobi has won the Coca-Cola Championship Player of the Month Award for August, following his early-season five-goal scoring spree.
Ameobi – outstanding in August
Ameobi beat off competition from another Newcastle local lad, Michael Chopra at Cardiff, Bristol City frontman Nicky Maynard and Derby County defender Miles Addison, to win the award.
And just like in the Premier League where the top club gained the manager and player award in Spurs’ Harry Redknapp and Jermaine Defoe, so it is in the second division, with Chris Hughton having recently won the manager award.
A delighted Shola Ameobi, currently sidelined with a foot injury, told nufcTV this morning – after hearing of his award:
“I’m delighted to accept the award but I must thank Chris (Hughton) and Colin (Calderwood), my team-mates and the fans.”
“We’ve had a magnificent start to the season and it really has been a team effort.”
“For me, it was the perfect start until I injured my foot against Huddersfield so the award is bittersweet in some ways.”
“Hopefully though, by the time I come back, the lads will be still be up there at the top of the league and I can play my part in getting us back into the Premier League.”
Congratulations to Shola, for spearheading Newcastle’s early season drive for promotion with some dazzling displays and goals.
On a side note, Shola had a small operation to his injured foot last week, and is said by Chris Hughton to be only weeks away from a return,
A measure of how well we do this season is how many of these awards Newcastle can win.
We’ve bagged two of them so far, and let’s hope the club will get many more as the season progresses.