Shola Ameobi Hoping For Magical 40 Points – And Soon Too


The one thing about Shola Ameobi that’s engrained in my memory from yesterday, is how did the local lad ever miss that open goal after just two minutes?

Shola Ameobi – in action yesterday

It’s all woulda coulda shoulda – but if  Shola had taken that golden opportunity, heaven knows how the game would have ended up yesterday, but I doubt if a Sunderland late goal would have meant anything.

Alan Pardew seems to have been impressed with Shola in training, but we hear from a number of sources that Ameobi is always terrific on the training field,  but doesn’t always produce that form during games.

Shola had a decent game yesterday up front with Leon Best, who is now getting something of a chance at Newcastle, and that’s good for him.

The one thing that Alan Pardew has said about Shola is that he would like to see him more available than he’s been, because of all the injuries he picks up – especially those hamstring injuries.

This is what Shola said today:

“I am looking forward now, I am looking, hopefully, to stay fit now and help us get to that magical 40 points and kick on.”

” It’s a long, hard season and you are going to have injuries.”

“It’s tough when you haven’t been able to train at your training ground for two months.”

“But we just have to keep on working away and hopefully you have a little bit of luck on the injury front. But hopefully, I am here to stay.”

Ameobi wasn’t able to add to his goal tally against Sunderland yesterday, but that early chance was the chance of the match, although just four minutes later Darren Bent was clean through too, but Steve Harper made a good save.

And it’s interesting that Darren suddenly wants to leave Sunderland for Aston Villa, as he put in his surprise transfer request today, but we understand it has nothing to do with the news that they are willing to pay him £70K/week.  Right!

And Sunderland will get anywhere from £18M to £24M for the player, if they accept the deal, depending on future appearances and the like.

It seems to us that American Randy Lerner, the Aston Villa owner,  has more money than sense, because that ‘s overpaying big time for the player.  Who do they think they are – Manchester City?

There was a time when players were actually loyal to their clubs, but we suppose that’s old fashioned nowadays.

The Geordie fans were terribly disappointed at the end of the game, as Newcastle seemed to throw 2 points away, and the players obviously felt the same way, with Joey Barton on his knees in despair, after the final whistle was blown.

Shola added:

“We went into the dressing room disappointed. With the way we played over the 90 minutes, to lose it like that in the 94th minute was very disappointing.”

“It felt like a defeat in the dressing room, which is testament to the boys and to the manager.””We went there fully expecting to get three points regardless of if we were at home or away.”

“We know our away form has been good this season and we put in a good performance, and with the nature of the goal, we were robbed there a little bit.”

“I am still debating whether Nobby touched it or not, but I am delighted with my contribution.”

Shola will never get credit for the goal, because it looks like Kevin Nolan nudged the ball home, but Shola did well to get to the ball from the corner, and Newcastle are starting to look awesome at set plays these days.

But it was a more than decent performance from the Newcastle side, who were missing Andy Carroll, Cheick Tiote and Steven Taylor from the side.

Shola added:

“It’s important that we have a good squad and everyone pitches in. Andy has obviously been in terrific form this season, he has been our main talisman.”

“But you don’t win games with one guy, you have to have the support of everyone in the team and in the squad. Leon  Best played and did fantastically well.”

“He put himself about and he will score goals.”  “Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that on Sunday, but I am sure while Andy is out, whoever comes in will do a good job for us.”

We are hoping that Andy is back for the Spurs game on Saturday, but if not it would appear that both Shola and Leon Best will get another chance to impress, and the question will be who replaces Alan Smith and  Cheick Tiote in defensive midfield?

It looks like it’s between Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling, with Danny probably getting the nod, after doing well in the game yesterday.

Comments welcome.



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128 comments so far

  • arfa chance

    Jan 17, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • ilde2551

    Jan 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Quite a funny read, just shows what the cockney press think of us….

    http://www.sportingpreview.com/columns/1011059921.php

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Danny Guthrie deserves more chances. Hope Gosling will also get at least 45min.

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  • G

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s a shame Shola didn’t get that shot in goal. Usually when he sees the Red & White stripes of the great unwashed he plays like a Brazilian!

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Shola did the same thing with a Simpson cross in the first couple of minutes the other day.

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  • toonry13

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Ranger said: “The second goal, Gos played it to me down the line, I saw space and then just got at him. I then went past the centre-back and stuck it in the corner.

    “For the third it was a great ball by Fergie. He’s done well this season, a good left foot and quick feet. He’s put me in and I had so much time that I couldn’t really miss.

    “When you score a hat-trick it’s always enjoyable, but we’ve gone out there as a team and everyone worked their socks off.

    “When I’m called upon and Pete wants me to play and have a run out, I do my part.”

    last part sounds like he is pitching himself to pardew, i think he can be 2nd to carroll in the pecking order, and and maybe pardew challenging him will get the best out of him. just needs a start and his 1st prem goal

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #7

    glad ranger got his hattrick, he’s not a donkey, just young and needs a few goals to get his confidence

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  • gorskino10

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Agree @Toonry13 also i Lol’d at this quote from Strolla “but I am delighted with my contribution” what does he mean by that it doesnt mean workrate or scoring!

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  • JoseEnrique

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #9
  • toonry13

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #10

    would be good money spent on the SA player.. spurs get pienaar + then accepts newcastles bid for krancjar

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  • newca

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #11

    does someone kown how about the Carolls injury, will he be fit for Spurs?

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Talksport reckon we are after Ashley Williams form Swansea…

    I now we got some centre backs but this player is top top class. Hes an all round great defender and can play as well. Reckon he could slot in at left back as he does bring the ball forward.

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  • ash1001

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Please Shola, just shut up. Last weeks headlines with quotes from yourself had you promising all sorts of things yesterday. Well you got off to a brilliant start didn’t you, and that send the trend, other than the knock down to Nolan you did very little. Did you ever try to close down a defender, did you hell, did you get off the bottom for a header against the defender, not every time. Has anyone ever made an offer for you – don’t think so. Sort of says it all, so either really start to put up or shut up with your stupid comments.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Robby Bobson .. we were after him before taylor signed his new contract .. still would be a good signing..

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  • callie9

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m probably Shola’s biggest critic but to say it was an open goal when the goalkeeper was 3 yards in front of him is innaccurate and stupid. I do, however, think that Carroll would have buried both of Shola’s chances yesterday 9/10 times. Just shows the difference.

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #16

    just to let everyone tho that david goodwillie has been charged with rape so i dont think we will be signing him however he could be a target for bora now lol

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  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #17

    @15

    and C.Gordon is a very good keeper, even if he plays for the wrong team!

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  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #18

    we really dont need another bad lad like.

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  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #19

    unless he’s world class, which goodwinkle isnt lol.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #20

    1) Anyone think that we are destined for another barren transfer window. Once again we are connected with anyone who can kick a ball and yet not a sniff of an actual signing.

    2) Anyone think that Fatash would be able to resist 30M for Avatar?

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Its funny as from the sounds of Rangers comments they were all quite good goals. Its the tap ins that seem to trouble him 🙂

    I like to see him go out on loan somewhere close by and get some starts.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Has anyone seen Darren bents tattoo, keep the faith on his arm.

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  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #23

    loan ranger to rangers, so that he can replace k.miller as their main striker for the rest of the season and also get used to playing in front of 40-50,000 fans at home games. Would also be good to pit him against forster in the celtic goal to see what level they are at against each other.

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  • Alanmc09

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #24

    ashley williams would be great he was in championship team of the year last year in a majority newcastle team of the year..strong-quick and gets forward..he is basically everyting perch isnt..welcome addition if we can sign the lad!

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  • colwell

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah exactly what we need another defender. Unless he can score 10-20 goals a season spend the money elsewhere.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #26

    what do yous think of chris eagles of burnley?? would be avalible on the cheap like,looks a good player anytime i see him and can play on both wings,re:foster,everybody is saying how great hes doin at celtic,i watch alot of scottish football and rangers and celtic defences and goalkeepers barely get tested,just look at davie weir playing centre half every week at 41 for rangers,he should of been loaned back to norwich imo

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  • al

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #27

    to be honeest, and i might get slated for this, but i dont think £18 mil is over the odds for bent..

    He’s practically the only player outside the big four who consistantly hits 20 goals a season.. bit of research i found out on his goal scoring, since auguest 2005 he scored 81 premier league goals, only drogba and rooney have more on 82! someone that prolific is definitely worth £18mil in my opinion.

    any team who has him is gona be scoring, simple as that

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Al your 100% right, bent is worth that.

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  • al

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #29

    @ HaZ-NUFC Comment 16

    Perhaps he should have his name changed to David Badwillie…

    sorry guys, I’ll leave

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  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #30

    @ but I suppose at least the good thing about playing for celtic is that he’s on the big stage, bigger than championship anyway. Really I think either championship or SPL would be beneficial for our youngsters, might also get that winning mentality playing for old firm (like our players last year, made them better players for it too).

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  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #31

    lol @29

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #32

    joseenrique @#9…..Tshabalala will be forever a legend for what he did in the world cup but is totally inconsistent…you’re better off with Jonas playing in front of you 🙂
    The best player emerging out of South Africa is a 19 yr old centre back called Siyanda Xulu (Mamelodi Sundowns).

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  • al

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Jus a shame the combo of him being at sunderland and ashley not releasing those kind of funds make him an impossible target for us ay GG7!

    Carroll and Bent would run roit

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #34

    If we signed bent, with Carroll it would generate money in itself as we will be in Europa league next year.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #35

    just seen xisco got a game for the reserves today he must be well pleased lol

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  • Thump

    Jan 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Who was it on here who said we should sign Goodwillie?

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  • Thump

    Jan 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Tshabalala is up for sale?

    Howay Alan, get it together and hijack his move!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Colwell…its january and we have two players who have reached double figures already,

    Most teams are lucky to get one. How much a 10-20 goal a season striker next to carroll woulod be great, we are pretty lucky at the moment we have players consistently scoring.

    Unless we can get a player that has got 10-20 goals in the past (bearing in mind one of those who does is going for 18million), would rather have ashley williams than another decent but not spectacular striker to go with loven, sho,a and best.

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Jan 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Bent would be a quality signing! I know we can all dream but I remember in an interview Alan Pardew did say that you never know who can become available…did Pardew not work with bent at charlton aswell? Very doubtful for us but you never know…

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  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 17, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #40

    think we need lb cover what about fox from burnley he is 23 would cost around 2-3m played in the prem last season looked as if he could handle it, also if the rumour about routledge is true could taarabat be on his way?? just a thought

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