Shola Ameobi has been in great form this season, and of course we should also remember the start of last season, when he scored a valuable 5 goals in August, to get the lads off to a great start down in the Championship.
Chris Hughton – can he keep Shola fit?
But usually what happens, if history is to repeat itself, is that Shola gets lots of injuries, mainly the little niggly ones like hamstring injuries, which has kept his appearances down at his local club.
But Shola has today admitted that in the past he’s played games when he’s been injured – and this is what he said today:
“My injuries are behind me, I’m convinced of that,” “I’ve been unlucky here but I don’t attribute to that to anyone here.” “It has been incredibly frustrating but I’m not going to use that as an excuse for why I’ve not been established in the side.”
“In the past I’ve played through injuries that I probably shouldn’t have. I’ve learned from that, I wouldn’t do that now.” “That happened, I was a young player wanting to play every game and agreed to play.” “But it was a mistake and as I have got older I’ve maybe come to understand that a bit more.”
“I’m not superman, I have to watch what I do and how I do it. I am conscious of that – when I do play I have to be 100%.” “At the start of the season I was annoyed, I was frustrated. I felt I’d done enough to get into that side to be honest but he chose other players,”
“You need to keep working hard though – you can’t just walk into the side. But your chance will come and you have to take it.”
Ameobi has been made to wait for his chance this season, but when he’s played he’s turned in some of his best performances ever for Newcastle – at Chelsea and last Sunday against Sunderland, are two of his performances that come to mind this season.
Hughton was trying to sign another experienced striker in the summer, but he didn’t, and it certainly doesn’t look like our strikers are having a difficult time of it so far, having scored 19 goals in 10 league games, and 7 goals in 3 games in the Carling Cup.
Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands is not getting too many games this season – so far – but we have to think that Peter still has a big part to play at Newcastle this season.
When you add 19 year fast improving striker Nile Ranger to the mix, then we have some good strikers who can put the ball in the net, as we showed against Aston Villa Sunderland and at Stamford Bridge last month and when the lads hit home 15 goals in those 3 games.
But we’re particularly keen that Shola keeps fit, as Joey Barton also seems to be doing so far this season, and if Shola can remain free of injury, and keep up his good form, this could even be Shola’s best season ever on Tyneside – we have to hope so.