Shola Ameobi has been in good form lately and he was rewarded for that by displacing young Andy Carroll in Newcastle’s starting line-up at Eastlands on Sunday.
Shola’s in there somewhere – after scoring winner at Chelsea – what a goal!
Ameobi believes that if he can get a prolonged run in the side, it will bring out the best in him – just as he says it has in the past.
Shola told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I want to be playing week in, week out, but I have to be patient. I have been patient this season.” “The manager understands I’m not happy, as every other player who isn’t playing isn’t happy,”“I was given my chance, and when I do get those chances, I have to take them.”
“It’s important for me to be playing.” “It’s tough when you come in for one game, and you’re out the next.” “For me, as I’ve always said, you get the best out of me when I get a run of games. I think I’ve proved that in the past.”
Newcastle have scored 10 goals in their first 7 Premier League games and 7 goals in their Carling Cup games at Accrington Stanley and Chelsea. So the lads seem to be scoring enough goals this season. although we probably need more in the league since 6 of those goals were scored in a single game of course.
Chris Hughton was trying to bring in an experienced striker in the summer or get one in on loan, but of course Spurs’ Robbie Keane decided to stay in London at the last moment.
Ameobi has scored three times in the Carling Cup this season, while Carroll has four Premier League goals including a hat trick against Aston Villa.
“Andy’s been doing so well this season so it’s important I work hard every day on the training pitch and prove to the manager I’m worth a place in the team,” “I have to work hard for the team, and, hopefully, score a few goals.” “You want a decent result going into a two-week break.”“Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened, but we know this is a long season, with a long way to go,”
“We have a few positives to take into these two weeks. We’ve got things we’ll work on, and try to improve, as we always have to.” “This is a season where we’ll have to be at our very best to compete, and I’m sure Chris will be able to pick us up for the Wigan game.”
“We felt the performance warranted a little bit more, but we were at the mercy of the referee at times, and it wasn’t our day.” “There were a lot of positives to take out of it. We came to arguably one of the top-four sides in the country, and held our own.” “There’s enough there to take confidence from.”
The main thing Shola has to do is score those goals, because whether you like it or not that;s the way a striker should be judged, on how many goals he can score.
Ameobi has a history of talking big but not producing, but there are good signs since last year that he’s becoming a potent striker, and will push Andy Carroll this season for the lone striker position up front.
And that has to be good for the Newcastle team.