Shola Ameobi has come back into the side, starting last Monday night after a few months out with injury, and has two goals in two games for the Magpies.
Shola Ameobi – wants as many goals as possible this season
In fact Shola has 10 goals in 10 start this season, and has been in his best goal scoring form for some time, although his season has been wrecked by injury.
Shola talked about his situation today:
“I’ve been out for a few months and it might be a tough ask to play two games in three days but we’ll see how my body recovers,” “I was a little bit stiff after the game. Hopefully I recover all right and get a chance to be involved.”
“I’ve worked hard to get my fitness as high as I can for playing in games. I’m happy. It’s going to be tough for me to recover as quickly as I would like but I couldn’t be happier.”
“I’ve come back in, scored a couple of goals, and as a striker that always helps. I’m just delighted to be part of this promotion push.”
Shola seems to have been much more willing to take a shot at goal this season, and his goal-scoring record at Newcastle is not great, but we suspect Chris has said he needs more goals from the 28 year old who was born in Zaria, Nigeria.
Shola has 60 goals in 273 appearances for the only club he has ever played for, and of course Shola came through the Youth System on Tyneside, and was introduced into the first team by the great Bobby Robson in 2000.
“It’s going to be tough now,” “I’ve been out for a while and I’ve dropped down in the goal pecking order. They are still scoring and playing really well. I’m just first and foremost delighted to be back playing in games again.”
“I’m trying to do all I can in the context of us trying to win. I want to score as many goals as I can and that hasn’t changed from the first game of the season.”
Carroll has 16 goals this season and both Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands have 14, and now Shola has reached double figures with 10.
Shola seemed pleased with the way Newcastle were able to capture all 3 points at London Road on Saturday afternoon, although we looked a bit hopeless in that first half.
“After the excitement of Monday night we knew we had to come to Peterborough and get that win,”
“We knew Peterborough would fight for their lives. They’re used to the pitch, it’s not conducive to the way we wanted to play. I felt we got stronger and we managed to score just before half-time.”
“Then Joey (Barton) scored a fantastic free-kick – we know his quality. I’ve managed to get a shot away and thankfully the pitch helped me, and it’s gone into the back of the net.”
“It was a tough game but we’ve come through it. That’s the professionalism we’ve got at this club now. We know it’s not always going to go our way and over 90 minutes we have to stay positive.”
If Andy Carroll is fit again he will probably start alongside Peter Lovenkrands today and we also expect Routledge, Gutierrez and Guthrie to return to the side.
It’s making our squad look quite strong these days, and Shola should still get on at some time in the second half tonight.