Shola Ameobi has come out today and said he could play alongside Andy Carroll up front for Newcastle.
Shola Ameobi – Andy and I would be another scenario
That would be interesting, and there’s a slight chance that could happen today, if Chris opts to field a more attacking 4-4-2 formation against Wigan.
The Nigerian born striker told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Andy and I haven’t played together too much, but that’s another scenario.” “We’re two big men, but it’s a scenario which I think could be good for us as a team.” “We haven’t seen it yet, but hopefully, it’ll happen.”
“Andy works very hard. He’s been improving his game on a week-to-week basis.” “If Andy’s on top form, it will help us going into what is, for us, a very crucial part of the season.” “We need every player.”
If they played together it would resemble the Duncan Ferguson and Alan Shearer partnership that was so potent, but those two didn’t play too often together, mainly because big Dunc was always injured.
There are rumors in the press that Andy Carroll will get the nod over Shola for today’s game, but that would be a little harsh on Ameobi, who has looked in good form recently and had one of his best games ever for Newcastle at Stamford Bridge recently, when he looked almost unplayable and got two good goals including the sensational winner very late in that game.
His two goals there, and being impressive in training got the lad a start at Eastlands, and he didn’t disappoint in that game, and was brought down in the penalty box in the second half, but referee Martin Atkinson didn’t give what seemed like a stone cold penalty.
Martin didn’t give anything to Newcastle in that game, unfortunately.
And of course being both local lads, it seems like Shola would be happy if Andy finally gets that England call-up, because after seeing the strikers available for England, surely Andy is as good as any of them, and the lad is still only 21.
“If he got called up, I’d be delighted.” “He’s done very well and he’s captured the hearts of the Newcastle fans.” “I know they’ve taken to him.” “He wants to show what he can do and he wants to go right to the top, and I hope he does get that call-up. That’ll do his confidence a lot of good.”
“When you get your chance, you really want to show what you can do, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.” “I had to put in a hard shift against Man City, but unfortunately we didn’t come away with the result we wanted.” “I felt I worked hard and did all the right things.”
“The chances were few and far between, which was always going to be the case. They’ve got so many quality players.” “I just have to take my chance when I get it.”
We need a win today, and however we can get that – we don’t care too much.
The lads have not been too lucky in their first 7 games of the season, and have already put in some memorable displays, and we are hoping this afternoon that we can get the 3 points against Wigan.
If we can do that then spirits will rise again on Tyneside, and there’s no reason at all, that we cannot also get a win at West Ham next Saturday afternoon too.