Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is hoping to have Shola Ameobi back by the end of the month, and that’s got to be good news, because the last we heard it was going to be some time in December.
Shola Ameobi – he just scored … again!
We are very pleased that Shola will soon be back, and quite honestly we never thought we’d ever say that.
But Shola’s form at the beginning of this season was unbelievable, and he looked a great player – yes that’s not another typo – we meant a great player!
Some fans would argue they knew he would be good this season – because he’s perfect for the Championship – if not for the Premier League.
Shola may be like Michael Chopra, another local lad,who is current top goal scorer in the Championship with 11 league goals, just one goal ahead of his 25 year-old team-mate Peter Wittingham – Kevin Nolan is 7th top scorer right now with 7 league goals.
But Shola has had more success in the top league than Michael, having played around 258 games for Newcastle before this season, in all competitions, with 50 goals.
With his 5 goals this season he now has a total of 55 goals for the club, and with any luck will add significantly to that number before the end of the season.
Ameobi has not been seen in a Newcastle shirt since August, when he hobbled off late in the Carling Cup win against Huddersfield Town. He came on as a sub in the second half, but only because we were struggling, and of course if we had done well in that game, Shola wouldn’t have needed to be introduced, and would have been injured – but that’s life and we cannot complain.
Shola was probably the key player that got us off to the start we needed in August in the league, and you don’t have to tell the local lads what it would mean if this club can bounce straight back to the Premier League next season – it would be fantastic.
Ameobi has had a foot injury which has required lots of treatment, and he’s now missed 12 matches in total, about one quarter of the season, and funnily enough Joey Barton, our only other long term injury casualty also had an operation on his foot. It’s the football boots these days that cause so many players to have foot injuries, because the boots provide no protection at all – but they look good. 😀
Joey’s also due back earlier than first thought – now scheduled for some time in January.
Ameobi could well be in contention for Newcastle’s home game with Swansea City on November 28th and if he makes that game he’ll miss just two more games – the home game on Saturday against Peterborough, and the away game at Preston on Monday night, 23rd November, which is after the International break.
Hughton – who also expects another local lad, Steven Taylor to be fit for Saturday – told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’re looking at the end of the month for Shola.” “With the injury that he’s had we have to give him the correct amount of time to recover.”
“We’ve got the international break coming up too and that brings him even closer.” “It will be a big boost to get him back.”
“It’s been a massive blow, not only for him, for us.” “He was playing very well and hopefully he can pick up where he left off.”
It really will be great to have Shola back, because he seemed almost unplayable at times, with the way he started with 5 goals in his 5 matches – and we need more of that when he’s back, because scoring doesn’t seem to come easy for Newcastle at the moment.
We have to be relieved too, that our injury crisis hasn’t been too bad, but we did drop those 10 points in four games, when we had Coloccini and Taylor out of the side through injury, which is why one more experienced center-back may join the club soon – even before January.