Shola Ameobi had an excellent game on Saturday in Newcastle’s massive 4-1 win over relegation threatened Wolves, who are now 2nd bottom of the league on 32 points.
Barton and Shola celebrate Ameobi’s great goal
With Andy Carroll gone forever, and Leon Best presumably out, possibly for the rest of the season with his troublesome ankle injury, Shola has become a big player for Newcastle, through the end of the season.
And both strikers, Peter Lovenkrands and Shola came through big time for Newcastle on Saturday, as both not only played very well, but they each scored a good goal, to give Newcastle only their second win in 11 games, and only the Magpies’ second home win this year.
Shola is also a big influence in the dressing room, and Alan Pardew has said he is inspirational in what he says to the Newcastle team. Of course Shola was brought up on Tyneside, and he is a huge supporter of the club.
He joined Newcastle’s Academy at just 9 years old, and Newcastle is the only club he’s ever been part of, although he does have 6 games on loan at Stoke City.
This is what Shola told Sky Sports about the important Wolves win:
“It was a big game, there was pressure on us, but we’ve come through it well,”
“Relegation was mentioned, we don’t kid ourselves. Two years ago we didn’t take it as seriously, we thought we’d be fine, even when we slipped into it, even when we were losing games.”
“Nobody is safe, we’re still not. Before the match, from 11th down, all the teams were in touching distance of the bottom three. It’s great we’ve come away from this game and we’re nearly there.”
And as we all know, Ameobi has been wearing a protective mask since breaking his cheekbone against Fulham.
And he revealed today something that’s quite surprising, that it continues to hurt him when he doesn’t head the ball just perfectly, with his forehead.
But it seems that he has orders to wear the mask through the end of the season, so that’s another 7 games still to play, and then that will be it, and he will be able to throw it away after the game at home to WBA on Sunday, May 22nd.
“My face hurts though. It’s sore, really sore,” “Every time I head the ball, the mask is hard plastic so it smashes against your face.””I got a boot in the face, the back of someone’s head in the face. It’s all part and parcel of it.”
“The surgeon wants me to wear it until the end of the season but I can’t wait to ditch it.”
“I thought my season was over when I got the injury. I wouldn’t say it was a shock when I found out about the mask, I watch a lot of basketball so I knew there were these sorts of masks being used. I mentioned it first. I was desperate to play, especially with the position we are in.”
There’s no doubt that Shola has one of his best games for Newcastle on Saturday, and if this lad can keep it up and keep scoring those goals, he now has 7 on the season, Newcastle may even surprise themselves by finishing in the top half of the league.
Currently Newcastle are in 9th position, but just 2 points short of 7th place, currently held by Everton.