One of the positive things we saw on Saturday at Carrow Road, was another good goal from 28 year-old striker, Shola Ameobi.
Shola Ameobi – can he score goals this season?
And the big question with Shola is can he score goals this coming seaosn in the Premier League?
Shola played for Bobby Robson back in 2000, that’s ten years ago now, and has always looked a promising player, but without ever reaching his potential.
And his consistency has not been too good either, as in some games he is just too anonymous. Of course last August, Shola was just fantastic, hitting 5 goals before being laid off with an injury, at the end of that month.
Chris talked about Shola this morning:
“Shola is a goalscorer,” “You know that if you get the ball to him in the right areas he’ll score goals. He has good qualities, he’s two-footed and there is his height too.”
“He could be an important player for us this season – he’s an important part of the squad. He showed that last season.”
“His argument might be that if he hadn’t had the injury he might have been a bigger part of it. He would certainly have scored more goals.”
And of course the player himself seems to have no doubts at all that he can get us some goals in the coming season, and he told the Journal this morning:
“I know I can score goals in the Premier League,”
“There’s not really an established pecking order at the moment, which maybe wasn’t always the case in the past when someone like Alan (Shearer) was around.”
“Chances will come along for all the strikers, and you have to take them when they arrive.” “I was chosen to start last season and I scored a hat-trick in my first home game, but Andy got into the side and finished as top scorer. Things like that happen.”
“Nobody knows what’s going to happen this season – you just have to make sure you give your all and make sure you’re in the best possible shape to show the manager that you’re ready for the task ahead.”
“It’s going to be a big year for me personally, but then every year is a big year. It’s been one injury after another for me in the last couple of seasons, but I can’t do anything about that.”
“It’s not as though there’s a weakness there that’s affecting me – it’s been lots of different injuries that I haven’t been able to do anything about.”
“I approach every season exactly the same. I want to put myself in the best shape to go out there and do my best as soon as the season begins.”
Big words from Shola, and we really hope he can back those words up with goals as the season goes on – because we’ll certainly need them.
But it seems to us that Newcastle will be looking to Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands as the main scorers next season, and we doubt whether Shola can get us too many goals next season – if we were to be absolutely truthful about it.
But hey – we’d be very happy if Shola proved us wrong on that one.