Having a small squad has it’s distinct challenges but so does a bigger squad.
Shola Ameobi – still has part to play at Newcastle
And one of the challenges when you have a sizable squad is to keep the players happy, by giving them frequent games.
That certainly hasn’t happened to Shola Ameobi recently, but manager Chris Hughton says the Nigerian-born player, who grew up in Newcastle, still has a part to play for the Magpies this season.
Ameobi was an unused sub last Friday, when Newcastle dismantled Cardiff City, in front of a 44,000 home crowd.
Chris Hughton talked about Shola to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Shola, of course, had come back from an injury, and then missed a couple of games."
“What I expect from all of the strikers is for them to play a big part between now and the end of the season.”
“It does give me options. That’s what you want from him.”
Shola may get an opportunity tonight, either by getting a start alongside big Andy Carroll, or coming off the bench in the second half.
And certainly at the beginning of the season, before he was injured, Shola played some of his very best football since making his debut at Newcastle a full 10 years ago, under the incomparable Bobby Robson..
“He’s a Newcastle lad, and he will have been as pleased as anybody that we got the result, and the goals went in, even though he wasn’t involved.”
“Ultimately, he wants to be part of a team that’s winning games.”
For the record Ameobi has now played 270 times for the only club he’s ever played for, and was capped 20 times at the England U-21 level.
He currently has 58 goals at Newcastle, and we would hope he can add to that total tonight, here’s hoping.