Shola Ameobi has just been called up for the Nigerian squad for the very first time, and Shola will be a really key player for Newcastle tomorrow in the fame at the Stadium of Light.
Shola Ameobi – a key player for Newcastle tomorrow
And it appears that new manager Alan Pardew has taken a distinct liking to the local lads on Tyneside – Shola, Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor and Steve Harper.
Pardew talked about the 29 year-old striker, to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Shola is one of those players who rises to the occasion.” “The criticism is you would like to see him on the pitch more often.”
“When the big games come around he produces.” “We are really hoping he is available and he gets a big part of the game on Sunday.”
“He is a real gentleman. He is a good guy – a real nice guy, and a good professional. He is a handful. “
Unfortunately one local lad who will miss out tomorrow, is 24 year-old defender Steven Taylor with his hamstring injury, but we have to think that Coloccini and Williamson can get the job done at the back tomorrow.
The other players who are not available tomorrow are Sol Campbell (leg), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) but young Dan Gosling is in the squad, after recovering from his terrible ACL knee injury he got last March playing for Everton.
And we even expect the 20 year-old on the bench tomorrow and to make his Newcastle debut in the second half.
Shola Ameobi has been heavily influenced in his career by former Newcastle manager Bobby Robson, who gave him his Newcastle debut 11 years ago when the lad was just 18 years old.
So it’s not surprising Alan is calling Shola a gentleman.
And even when Bobby Robson had left Newcastle, Shola still talked often to Bobby, his mentor, on all things related to football.
Shola has the chance of doing a terrific job for the Newcastle club tomorrow – by banging in those goals – as he did in October.
Howay The Lads!!