Shola Ameobi Likely To Be Ready For Everton Game

Good news today that both Shola Ameobi and Stephen Ireland trained with the first team squad yesterday, and both seemed to come through the session well.

Shola Ameobi – trained well yesterday in his face mask

Shola has been getting used to the face mask that was specially designed for him in Detroit, and he could well play a part in the next game, which is at home on Saturday to Everton.

The Toffees were surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup last night 1-0, at home to Reading, and they were booed off the pitch at the end of the game, as they again showed how inconsistent they can be this season.

Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands have done more than a decent job over these last few games as the two strikers, but Alan Pardew seems a big admirer of  29 year-old Shola, who made his debut for Newcastle back in 2000, when Bobby Robson was manager at the club.

This is what Alan said about Shola today:

“Shola has trained with the rest of the group for the first time and so has Stephen Ireland, but we’ll not make a final decision on whether they are able to play some part against Everton until Thursday.”

“It is looking good, though, and both have reacted positively in training. “Shola has had a week with the mask, just getting used to it. There was no point getting him to wear the mask, ask him to play and he wasn’t comfortable with it.”

“He has to have that confidence it is going to protect him so he can throw himself around as usual.”  “The guy who has designed the mask has done so loads of times before with basketball players and that is a far more risky sport when it comes to elbows in the face and injuries like this.”

“But Shola still had to try it out, he’s done that now and it would be great to have him involved at the weekend.”  “I’ll have to have a chat with him on Thursday, check he is comfortable and ask him whether he wants to play. I’m pretty sure he will, but it has to be his decision.”

I’m a big admirer of Shola, he’s a very good player and he will give us an extra physical presence.” “I’m not sure he gets the credit he deserves sometimes, but he has done really well for me in the games he has played since I became manager, and it will give us an extra dimension to our play if he is fit and available.”

We would think that Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands will again start the game against Everton, and that Shola will be used as a substitute,  to the omission of Shefki Kuqi, who may not see much first team action from now on this season.

But David Moyes will have blasted his team after last night’s poor showing, and he will want to see a good reaction at St. James’ Park, so it will not be an easy game, and we’re not expecting one either.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Banbridge Mags

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1


  • Banbridge Mags

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Sincerely hope Shola is fit for saturday as he has a knack of somehow finding the back of the net. a career crippled by the word potential, lets hope he takes his opportunities well and proves himself a goal scorer we should keep. All positive and here’s hoping for a result on sat. 9th at this stage is a dream as we’d all have settled for 17 in August

  • toonwardo

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Great news, Would start him up front with Best
    Who really impressed against Bolton…

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    I wish he’d just retire. He is an average striker. How he has been here 11 years I dont know but he is no better than Loven or Best. He has as many injuries as Van Perie but a tenth of the talent

  • repo

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree he is crap and i hope in summer he is gone from newcastle united..

  • davidtoon4life

    Mar 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    oh my got u priks, get a grip man, turning ur back on shola just coz he has had an injury, wasnt like that when he was scoring the goals was it? at least he is loyal to the club and tries his best when he puts that black and white shirt on, thats all you can ask of a player to try his best. what he hasnt scored that many, so what, look at ranger, you are all jizzing over him yet he dosent score that many i mean ffs.

  • NufcGlen

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Why is everyone so quick to wright off Ameobi? I dont know what people see in Mcloven as he is awful and is a pure championship player, for the 5 mins Kuqi was on the pitch last game even he looked better. Ameobi is our best striker right now and thats that.


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