Ameobi has played some great games for Newcastle this season, and now has 6 goals, just one goal behind his captain, Kevin Nolan.
Shola Ameobi – hits home a classic penalty
And maybe – just maybe, he is about to justify the enormous potential he has always shown, since the mercurial Bobby Robson gave him his Newcastle debut some 10 years ago.
Shola talked about Sunday’s game:
“It’s indescribable. It’s something I dreamt of as a kid and I keep saying I feel lucky to be in the position to do it,” “It’s something I always wished for and now I’m here doing it. I feel blessed.”
“The most important thing was those three points – it shoots you up the table.” “If we’d have lost it, it dampens things – especially against our local rivals.”
And playing Carroll and Ameobi up front, was a master stroke by Chris Hughton on Sunday, and the two local lads both had great games, and were just too good, too spirited and too talented for the over-run Sunderland defense.
Shola seems to be thriving under Chris Hughton, and has been disappointed that he hasn’t started more games this season.
But he’s proved that he can play well with Andy up front, although it could be that Chris plays a more defensive formation at the Emirates on Sunday, but maybe not with Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez and Barton playing so very well in midfield these days.
The arrival at the club of Cheick Tiote in particular, may mean Chris doesn’t need to play 4-5-1 as many times as he has done so far this season.
In any case Shola is having a great season – so far – and it’s hard to argue with that, given the 28 year-old’s performances this term.