One of the things that has dogged Shola Ameobi’s career at Newcastle is that he cannot stay fit enough to play enough games.
Shola Ameobi – should he rethink his International ambitions?
And the other is what we all saw yesterday, when Shola has those games in which you wonder if he’s on the pitch, or off in never neverland somewhere, as he seems to stroll aorund the filed doing nothing much in particular.
When Nile Ranger came on in those last few minutes, we’re almost convinced he expended more energy that Shola did in the whole game yesterday. 😀
And when Nile was through on goal on the left, if only he had cut the ball back to James Perch or Peter Lovenkrands, who were waiting to tap the ball into the net for Newcastle’s second (and winning) goal – rather than shooting from such a narrow angle.
It’s also true that when Shola is on his game, there’s no doubt he’s a very good player, but we see that side of Shola far too infrequently.
If Shola does start to play for Nigeria – he’s been named in their latest squad – that will hardly help his play at Newcastle, will add to injury concerns, and next January he could be away at the African Cup Of Nations for the full month.
But Pardew has been impressed with Shola since he arrived in December:
“I like Shola. He is a good player and I have always thought that.”
“ I did not realize what a great character and gentleman he is around the training ground. He is a good guy.”
“If he steers clear of injury, there is no reason why he cannot stay in this team, Andy Carroll or no Andy Carroll.”
“Taken for granted because he has been at the club so long? Possibly, but he had a serious injury and we stood by him, so it has gone hand in hand”
“Amoebi is one of those players a manager cannot help but enjoy working with, because he always wants to improve.”
At 29 years old it’s usually time when players think of winding down their Intentional careers – not starting them up.
Alan Shearer retired from playing for England when he reached 30, back in 2000, and dedicated the remaining five or six years totally to Newcastle United.
Maybe Shola should have a rethink on his International ambitions.
What do you think about this?