Since Alan Pardew came to Newcastle, almost three months ago, it seems he’s been impressed with the play of striker Shola Ameobi.
Shola Ameobi – in the protective mask he will wear today
The Nigerian-born striker has his critics on Tyneside, and always has, but on his day he is a very good player, who can hit the goals trail, and that’s what we’re hoping Shola will do over the last 10 games of the season.
And Alan Pardew of course says he is adept at getting the very best out of strikers, and hopes to make Shola into a better player on Tyneside.
Alan talked about Shola today:
“He’s had the disadvantage of being a young player here and having outstanding strikers in front of him, really outstanding strikers,” “The emergence of Andy Carroll as well has probably restricted his displays more than at another club, I’m guessing.”
“From what I’ve seen he is a very good professional footballer who wants to play for Newcastle and I like him. I think his style’s good.” “I could compare Shola to Bobby Zamora, they’re very similar.” “Shola’s probably a little bit more dominant in the air, Bobby’s maybe a tadge quicker, but the feet are very similar, they can beat players.”
“Because they’re tall you don’t think they’ve got that natural ability to take a shot and come inside. I see a lot of qualities in Shola that could be very useful for us and for me as a manager.”
“The games he’s played for me have been – blimey – pretty good, and what you expect at Newcastle, a striker that causes defenses problems in the Premier League.”
Shola will be on the bench today against Everton, but he’s almost certain to get a run-out in the second half, and we’re sure he’ll get a good reception from the Newcastle fans, as he plays for the very first time in his protective mask.
A goals from the 6’2″ striker would be just great this afternoon, and for the record Shola has 294 appearances for the Magpies with 68 goals, and he played 20 times for the England U21 side with 7 goals.