Shola Should Be Able To Steal A Few Goals In New Mask

At last here is the first photograph, just put up on the Newcastle web-site site, of Shola Ameobi’s new mask – it looks good.

Shola Ameobi – can he rob a few defenses with this mask?
Where’s the white hat?

And after seeing the mask, we have come to the conclusion that Shola should be able to score a stack of goals in that mask – maybe he will be able to steal a few goals under the noses of opposing defenders.

The 29 year-old local lad is weeks ahead of schedule with his return from his cheekbone fracture, and that’s got to be very good news for Newcastle, as we think Ameobi can still get those goals for Newcastle.

The striker fractured his cheekbone in a collision at Fulham about three weeks ago, and only last Thursday was fitted with the new mask in Detroit.

This is what Shola said today:

“It’s going alright. With bones you have to give it a bit of time to settle and start fusing together, so I’m still waiting for that to happen,”

“I’ve just started jogging and running this week and it’s nice to be outside again. I’m just building up from there.”

“I’ve obviously been over to America to get the mask, which I’m still trying to get used to because it’s a bit awkward.”

“But once I can start getting my fitness up then I can get back into full training and get back playing.”

Shola doesn’t want to put any time-frame on his return to playing in the first team,  but it looks like he’ll be back training with his team-mates by the end of this week:

“It all depends on the fitness,” “The mask is there to protect it, but I also have to get used to wearing it.”

“We have to make sure that safety-wise it works, it will protect me, and that I can get the confidence in it.”

“But hopefully if I can keep on working hard this week and next then I might join in training some time next week. Then I’ll probably be looking at a week to ten days from there.”

“So hopefully not too long. I’m hoping to halve the time of the recovery with this mask so it would be good for that to be the case.”

Shola has played too often for Newcastle when he’s been injured,  and he has never lacked courage when playing for the Newcastle side, even though he does get some stick from the fans.

The next game after Bolton is a week on Saturday against Everton, but he could well delay his return until the game away at Stoke on 19th March.

Comments welcome.

112 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Shit mask for crime fighting, I can still tell its Shola!

  • cg

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #2

    I was expecting him to borrow Jonas mask 😉

  • hadthetshirt

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Where’s the gum shield 😉

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Wonder if they tied him to the goalpost and shot balls at him to show that the mask works?

  • gorskino10

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Dunno about the statement “Goals” he has only 3 in the league ALL SEASON fat chance of him scoring even with the mask, funny i just realised Best has more goals than Strolla who has played triple or even more than that the ammont of games Besty has played. How does this guy still get a contract at this club.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Bolton have been quoted £10m for Sturrage at the end of the season
    worth pinching him?

  • Sinner

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle United 2 Club Nacional 2.
    Seems,we’re out of the competition. 🙁

  • max

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #8

    i still dont like ameobi

  • gorskino10

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Not sure bout 10 Million for Dan Sturrdge but he can play on the LW and could play well next to someone upfront he is young too he would be a solid buy tbh

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #10


    Yeah I would pay £10m for Sturridge. I’d pay £12m for N’Zogbia as well. We’ll have a lot of pace and athleticism in our side with them.

    Apparently some Spanish papers today are saying the Enrique to Liverpool deal is as good as done. A fee has been agreed. I would hate to have to watch both Carroll and Jose in a Liverpool shirt next season.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #11

    It would be great if the mask gave him new powers, such as the ability to control his lower limbs properly. Just kidding, good luck with the recovery Shola! Hope he can pot a few by the end of the season.

  • gorskino10

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Doubt it free we will offer him a new contract in the summer i think he will accept it depending on if we stay up and start splashing the cash.

  • magpie999

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    These Enrique stories to Liverpool are complete garbage.

    I think everyone involved at Newcastle just need to understand that the football journalists of this country are either Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool fans.

    Why would he want to go to Liverpool anyway, theres more chance Wigan qualifying for the Champions League than them.

    Also I’ve said it before if a player doesn’t want to be here show them the door. I’ve lost count of the players who have left newcastle wanting bigger things and ended up at a smaller club or warming a bench Given, NZogbia, Beye, Duff, Milner.

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 24, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone in Greensboro, NA area watching NUFC this Saturday? I’ll be in town and hope to find a spot to watch.

  • gorskino10

    Feb 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree Magpie and tbh i bet all these Liverpool Journos havent done any articles in the past few years when they have done nothing! so they think now they have money they come out to publish this crap.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #16

    At the end of the day Enrique will reject any sort of contract offer from us and will be gone in the summer for peanuts….Doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool or anyone else they will be sure to pick up a nice bargain. We will have to rely on Graham Carrs’ scouting skills to find us a LB, ST, CB and whatever else we are gonna need. Hopefully MA doesn’t sell Graham Carr! I do quite like Pardew but in all honesty if there is one thing that i am worried about is the sort of players he will want to buy in the summer…Being linked with the likes of Carlton Cole fills me with dread…I say leave the player spotting to Mr. Carr and let AP identify the positions which need filled.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Yeah I think we need to be realistic. Enrique will be gone in the summer. He has already pretty much said he wants to go and Pardew has already said we’ll struggle to keep him . It’s OK saying “Journalists are Liverpool fans” and all this but we all know Ashley will sell because Jose won’t sign a contract extension.

  • john_cena163

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    I expected ameobi’s mask to b black.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #19


  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #20


    what a waste of money.. lol

    10 mill sturridge
    12 mill nzogbia
    throwing money away

    so you would pay 12 mill for nzogbia after we sold him 2 years ago for 4 mill + r taylor..

    sturridge not worth 10 mill, maybe in the future

    just because a player has pace and has scored a few goals in the premier league doesnt make him a 10 mill player…

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #21

    37 BEN ARFA 37;

    Name me 3 better left wingers in the prem than N’Zogbia? He’s skillful, quick and direct. He goes past players, scores goals and creates goals. He’s only 24 years old, if he was English his valuation would probably be more than £15m. We sold him at a ridiculous price 2 years ago.

    As for Sturridge, yes of course he’s not worth £10m now and we’d be paying for potential if we bought him. But we’re not going to go out and get Benzema or Ibrahimovic are we? We need to buy young players whi are going to improve like Sturridge or Wickham.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #22

    all this talk about jose going is crap…

    jose said he is opening contract talks when we have 40 points, and the quotes in the paper weren’t true.

    i expect him to sign a new contract with newcastle in the summer if we offer him over 45, 000 a week.

    only way i see him leaving is if Man U, Barcalona or Real Madrid bid for him.

    Liverpool are not far ahead of Newcastle and would be a pointless move for him.

    Please Stay Jose !!!

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #23

    better left wingers than nzogbia!

    ben arfa
    ashley young
    adam johnson
    gareth bale

    want any more ? lol

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #24

    howay man,

    we can get a way better strikers than sturridge for 10 mill.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #25

    how can i forget david silva out that list of better left wingers than nzogbia in pl?

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Nani plays on the right, Ben Arfa has said on numerous occasions his favourite position is in the hole, I don’t think there’s much between N’Zogbia and Young, Adam Johnson is probably better but plays on the right for City. So the only one on your list is Bale.

    Out of all the strikers we’ve been linked with; Crouch, Carlton Cole, Cisse etc, I would want Sturridge. I think he has the potential to be a great striker. Have you actually watched him play or do you just watch the highlights? Apart from his goals, he has been Bolton’s best player in their last few games.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #27

    And Jose never said the quotes in the paper weren’t true. He said they were taken out of context but never denied he said all those things. Even Pardew has said we’ll struggle to keep him in the summer. Do you really think he’ll sign a 45k a week contract with us when Liverpool will probably offer him 60k?

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Got to question why no one in the UK is capable of fitting and making a mask for Strolla…instead they have to send him all the way to Detroit….what in the world ever happened to Great Britain 😉

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #29


    all them players are left wingers and better than ZOG , lol

    stop changing there positions coz ur wrong… lol

    nani = left winger
    ben arfa = left winger
    ashley young = left winger
    adam johnson = left winger
    gareth bale = left winger
    david silva = left winger

    doesn’t matter if they have been playing out of position.

    would you call joey barton a right winger.. ERM NO

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    when has ben arfa said his favourite position is in the hole? (not while he’s been at toon)

    played on the wings for both lyon and marsielle ?

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Forgot Giggs, Nasri and Malouda too…..

    If you’re going to spend £12m please don’t buy some second-rate mouthpiece. Buy Jose Angel (21) for £5-6m, he’s already expressed his desire to leave Gijon and he’s being touted as having more potential than Enrique at LB! Push Enrique onto the left wing, move Jonas onto his natural right; £6m paid, 3 problems solved (two left backs, ‘new’ left winger with superb pace, crossing and dribbling ability, likewise the right).

    I do expect one marquee striker signing. Firstly, because whoever we get must be a definite improvement in class on Best. I’m not sure Bendtner is and I know Crouch, C. Cole and Elmander aren’t. Secondly, because there will be a lot of activity throughout Europe with regards to strikers. Thirdly, the majority of The Toon Army won’t be appeased by any of the above names replacing Casserole. Saying this, I’d like Cardozo, would take us to a new level and playing for Benfica he’d be available for approx £17m. Then to complete summer dealings, Gradel from Leeds, for a couple of million plus Smith and another striker on loan.

    Thought I’d just weigh in with my thoughts, there’s going to be a lot more of this with the coming month being so darn quiet!

    Let’s stuff Bolton at weekend! HWTL!!

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #32

    yeah i have seen a lot of sturridge,

    even seen him play for man city reserves a few times.

    i do think he has potential but he is nothing out of the ordinary, i have seen tons of young players over the years that have been over rated and never lived up to the potential.

    just think we can sign better strikers for 10 mill.

    dont want Crouch, Carlton Cole, Cisse or Bendtner niether…

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #33

    37 BEN ARFA 37;

    Nani is a right winger! He has played all season wide right, he’s right footed.

    Have a look at the interview Ben Arfa did when he joined us. He said he wanted to come here because Hughton told him he would play just behind the main striker. Ben Arfa was played wide at Marseille but had constant arguments with Deschamps about his position. If Ben Arfa has already said his favourite position is in the middle and he sees him self as a central play maker I think we can safely say he’s a central play maker.

    Bale: Yes. Johnson: Yes. Ashley Young: Not much between him and N’Zogbia imo.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #34

    What striker would you sign for £10m then Ben Arfa?

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #35

    agree coolcarter89

    marquee striker signing:

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Lol you really think we’ll be able to sign Benzema or Hulk?

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #37

    …..and he promptly scores a wonderful free-kick for Benfica! 🙂

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #38

    just watched ben arfa interview on

    doesnt mention anything bout what position he is to play?

    he is a winger for god sake, look on wikipedia !!!

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes, believe we can sign Benzema

    as real want shot, and he said earlier this year he was willing to join aston villa. lol

    so if we offered decent wages and 12 – 14 mill why not.

    when i think about it Hulk may be out our reach tho!

  • free giveaways

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #40

    37 BEN ARFA 37;

    Here you go, although admitting he can play on either wing, he wants to play in a central attacking position just behind Andy Carroll. Believe me now?


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