Shola’s Face Mask Is Misting Up

It was good to see Shola Ameobi return to training this week, as he tries to get used to his new face mask, which was fitted in Detroit nine days ago.

Shola’s mask – up close and personal

But it appears that Shola has had a bit of a problem with the mask with it misting up.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“Shola’s had a problem with the mask misting up a little bit, it doesn’t cover his eyes but he sweats up, it’s just about him getting comfortable with it,”

“The pressure points are obviously everywhere on his face other than the area and that looks fine.” “It’s a well-crafted, great product and it’s just about him getting comfortable with it.”

“We think he’s going to come back into competitive training on Monday and once he gets a jump against Steven Taylor or Colo  and he feels comfortable, he will be fine.”

Since there are openings for the eyes in the mask, the misting up will not prevent Shola from seeing things clearly, so we’re not even sure if that’s a problem with the mask.

But yes, it’s true Shola needs to get used to playing in it – just like Leon Best did a couple of years ago at Coventry –  and the mask he wore at the time didn’t prevent Leon from banging in the goals.

We should see Shola at least on the bench for Newcastle’s next game, which is next Saturday at home to Everton, and the Toffees are always a tough side to play.

But we’ll need Shola for the run-in to the season, and we hope he can start banging in those goals during a very important part of the season for Newcatsle.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Steve_48

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Surely he’d have to get a sweat on before it starts to mist up … 😉

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Barton – I’m surprised to see he’s only played 73 times for Newcastle four seasons. Although he did well to help us get promoted and is now going strong and he has had many injuries – the rest is due to disgraceful behavior for which many of of thought he should have been sacked for!
    He is still a time bomb – any future suspension could be lengthy, harm the team and bring NUFC into disrepute.
    We stood by this man – if he doesn’t want to stay for the last few years on a damn good contract then send him packing!

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Barton didnt do well in getting us promoted, he was injured for most of last season…

  • BergenVikingToon85

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #4

    barton putting pressure on ma to spend….


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