Shola Ameobi didn’t waste much time in making a couple of vital contributions to the Newcastle cause, after he was brought on for the injured Andy Carrol, just after half time on Monday night.
Shola Ameobi - looked very good Monday night
Shola scored a great individual goal after 71 minutes, and then set up left-back Jose Enrique just before the end of the game, for a goal that will long be remembered by Newcastle fans.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked today about having Ameobi back for the final seven games of what has been a terrific season for Newcastle supporters:
“It’s been a shame for both Shola and ourselves that he’s not been able to play a bigger part this season,”
“You’ve seen that whenever he has played he’s scored goals and he’s actually got as many goals as starts now.”
“On Monday night you again saw what a good finisher he is, and that’s what Shola is – a very good finisher.”
“He has a chance now to come back in and finish the season as he started. He’ll have lots of energy and will no doubt be desperate to play.”
“It’s also nice to have Shola back around the place because he’s a good character and is a popular lad among the players and staff.”
Shola looked good on Monday night, and although he said he just hit the ball and hoped when he took that shot in the 71 st minute, it was a terrific strike from the former England U21 International.
That’s his 9th goal in 9 starts for Newcastle, and that’s not bad at all, and we wonder just how many goals the Nigerian-born striker would have scored if he hadn’t had all his injury problems this season.
Shola still has time to make an impact before the end of the season, just like he did at the beginning last August, when he helped to get the Newcastle club off to a great start in the league, which was so important, because it gave the players and supporters some belief at the time it was most needed.
We’d just love to see Shola hit a good few goals in the next month or so, because he will definitely be given lots of playing time by Hughton.
But we often wonder what Newcastle will do with all the strikers currently on board, because we seem to have quantity without enough quality.
Newcastle have Ameobi, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Best and young Nile Ranger, and maybe the two who are struggling the most will be Ameobi and Best.
In particular Leon Best is the only January signing who has not made a huge impact since being signed from Coventry in late January.
It seems that Best may be 4th in the peckling order, but the lad needs to be given time to settle on Tyneside, and let’s fact it, some players need more time than others.
And young 18 year-old Nile Ranger is still a tremendous prospect, and will need to get some games next season to keep improving, so we are wondering who Newcastle may want to move out in the summer, if anybody.
We would think the order behind top two strikers Lovenkrands and Carroll for the striker positions are Shola, Leon and Nile Ranger.
Who do you think, as far as strikers go?
Who should be moved out and who could be brought in this summer?
Comments very welcome.