Step Forward Shola Ameobi – Geordie Gentleman

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!!

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    C’mon Shola. Slay the unwashed again!

  • listie

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Strolla we need you today

  • Oba

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Need him tomorrow as well.

  • cheikplease

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see it happening but would anyone else like to see shola and ranger given a start?

  • benarfa in toon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Put your right foot in, your left foot out
    in! Out! In !Out! Shake it all about
    do the okie kokie and turn around ! thats what its all about.
    Shooola Ameobi
    Shooola Ameobi
    Shooola Ameobi

    Kill those Mackems yor Shola

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    cheikplease, not me, we can’t afford to have Ranger miss another sitter at SOS. Shola and Best.

  • benarfa in toon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7

    shola and lover for me best on for shola

  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #8

    One problem about him – when he score, he sucks in GOAL CELEBRATION haha

  • cheikplease

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    shola and best aren’t exactly the most mobile though – wouldn’t mind seeing bramble chase around after ranger all afternoon

  • listie

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Oba – I was hoping if he starts today he might be ready from tomorrow lol

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #11

    listie, ROFL

  • toonfan09

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Has sol cambell actually got an ilness or is that a nice way of saying he isnt good enough to make the team cos he seems to have had this ilness a while now

  • Selbymag

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Brutoon, Shola’s goal celebration is fine. Tap the badge over your heart. Rather that than some foreign badge kissing money grabber.
    Apart from that my son copies it when he nets at U9’s.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Selbymag : try watching the wigan game, when he score he pause for a second thinking what celebration he should do haha

  • balubas1

    Jan 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15


    I think Shola’s celebrations are among the coolest in the premier league. His body language states that there is no reason to get carried away..we are Newcastle, this is what we do:) the pause might be “did I really score!!?” hehe

    Also I think it is quite amazing how we hate Shola, but when a 5under1and game is coming up we all love him again:) his track record against the filthy unwashed scum is simply brilliant.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #16


    I still hate him. We are lucky he got injured last season or Andy might still be on the bench. What team has ever hung on to a mediocre striker for ten odd years?

  • Brutooon

    Jan 16, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Balubas1 : yupz he himself didnt expect to score that goal haha

    Charlietoon: i think i agreed partly on you, its Ameobi’s injury that cause Carroll to stand up and prove himself.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Shola has scored a lot of important goals for us in his time, I just can’t really understand why some bell ends have to keep slagging him.

    BUT on a slightly different subject what does everyone think of the rumour of spuds putting together a 30 mill bid for bigger boy?????

    Personally I think it would be very hard to refuse, for all I like Andy and the way he plays as well as his promise I still think 30mil will be hard to knock back.

    I really hope Ashley can resist the temptation of the bid and bigger boy can resist the temptation of the wage increase, but I can understand if he goes.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #19


    its cuz people like you keep giving the story the time aday that folks keep talking about the big fella leaving. Read ed’s other article. The big fella is living his dream and isnt going anywhere. He will rake in the money on his next dontract here and im sure he’s not hurting now. Hes playing for his club. Just imagine if you or i somehow got blessed with enough talent to play football for nufc. Would you sale out nufc and go play for man citeh or man ure or chelsea clinton, or any of the other big money shite supporters clubs. Hell no. If i had big andys skills all the money in the world couldnt pry me away from tyneside so stop talking bout it.

    As for shola you are spot on. The lad looks lazy on the pitch at times but he puts the ball in the onion bag when we need him to the most. He is a mackem slayer and it wouldnt matter if never scored any other game of his carreer he scores against the unwashed and that makes him fit to sport the black and white for ten more years….

    hwtl 2-1 nufc (shola, Jonas) (bent in squeeky bum time like last time)


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