Shola Ameobi As Good A Striker As I’ve Ever Worked With

Shola Ameobi, playing in that rigid plastic mask to protect the cheek bone he broke in early February, looked a very good center forward on Saturday against Wolves.

Shola Ameobi – his reaction to scoring a  great header on Saturday

Ameobi’s all around play brought in all the experience he has gained in the 11 seasons he has been part of the Newcastle first team, and he also scored with a wonderful header, just before half time, to put Newcastle 2-0 up at the break.

And today his manager Alan Pardew has come out and given the Nigerian born striker, who now has 70 goals for Newcastle in 298 first team appearances for the club, some significant compliments.

This is what Alan said about the 6’2″ striker, who came to Newcastle from Nigeria when he was 5 years old:

“He’s as good a striker I’ve ever worked with and he should take confidence from that because I’ve worked with a few good ’uns — Bobby Zamora, Tévez, Marlon Harewood, Sheringham,”

“Every game Shola has played for me, he’s been excellent. Perhaps he hasn’t always been at his best, but he was fantastic for me against Wolves. It was a top, top performance.”

“Shola talks well in the dressing room, he inspires players.”

Shola stepped up to the plate big time on Saturday, when Newcastle really needed it,  and led the line in great style, and he was a constant torment to the Wolves defense, and credit to the 29 year-old for producing such a good display in what was a vital game for the club.

Shola joined the Newcastle Academy when he was just 13 years old from Walker Central Boys club, but the Newcastle fans have never known exactly what to make of him, and he has his critics on Tyneside.

When he’s on form he looks great, but then Shola has a habit of disappearing in some games, but maybe new manager Alan Pardew, who obviously likes the player a lot, can get the very best out of him.

Newcastle United needs Shola to be at his best in the final 7 games of the season, and to stay fit too, especially since it looks like Leon Best will miss most,  if not all of those games with his ankle injury.

Let’s give the lad the credit he deserves for a great display on Saturday.

Well done Shola!

18 comments so far

  • toonfan09

    Apr 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    He played well and he will be the one who gets us the goals to keep us up maybe the haters will stop giving him a hard time

  • sammydolan

    Apr 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I have no problem with him when he is putting in 110% for the B&W shirt & scoring goals. Credit given where credit due..

  • Lynxie

    Apr 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    I just hope he can stay injury free, and that he believes in himself avery week just like he does when he turns up for a Newcastle- Mackem derby game.
    If he played like he does every time he takes the field against the unwashed, he could be playing for England.
    Come on Shola, 7 games to show us that Andy Carroll was indeed good business.

  • Lynxie

    Apr 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Wayne Routledge, what a spanner. Now we know he is so thick, it explains why he can not do a simple thing like cross a decent ball after twisting and turning past two or three defenders, the muppet. The easy things are obviously quite difficult when you are so ‘challenged’.

  • dak76

    Apr 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Credit where credit is due, he had a cracking game on saturday, topped off with a good strikers goal.
    I hope he keeps this up till the end of season as when he’s playing like this, he’s as good as any centre forward in the PL.

    With Nolan and Tiote out for the next few games, I’d be tempted to drop collo into the holding midfield position and bring STayls into the CB along side Williamson.

    V Villa:
    simmo willo STayls enrique (or fergs if injured)
    barton guthrie collo jonas
    ameobi ranger/lovenkrands

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Ameobi is a very good footballer the problem has been that he sometimes appears very lazy & he has been injury prone for years. Lets hope that he stay injury free from now & proves what a lot of managers have said about him including SBR, Ericsson & Pardew

  • The Power Ranger

    Apr 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Coming from the guy that has worked at Reading, Charlton, West Ham and Southampton it ain’t too much of a compliment! Having said that, he has worked with Bent and Tevez. Ameobi is a good’ish’ player and nothing else.


    Apr 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #9

    I like shola, i do. but he isnt that good that you could compare with tevez- if the real world read that blog we’ll be a laughing stock

  • Davies

    Apr 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    It’d be nice to see Shola cut more slack than he usually gets. 1 in 4 is not the best goals to games ratio, but he’s never been our first choice and only gets games when the bigger names are crocked. There are many players of similar, or even lesser quality that wouldn’t be happy to wait patiently for their turn, but Shola’s still here and ready to help (surprisingly well sometimes) when we need him.


    Apr 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Thats the thing with Shola – on his day he is excellent,however on his day is few and far between. He will feature in maybe two more games then he will get injured. I want Shola to be a big player however he has flattered to decieve too many times. Maybe Pardew thinks Shola could save us 10 million on a decent 15-20 goal a season forward. I read somewhere Pardew stating we are in advanced talks with players out of contract in the Summer (Larsson/Elmander/Reo Coker) anyone !!!!!

  • Sav

    Apr 4, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Perhaps he has paid the price for playing when he has been less than 100% fit in the past. Heaven knows he has had his fair share of knocks and niggles.
    But that was a great header and he just bullied the defender and the goalie couldn’t keep it out. It was in the mould of Shearer, Ferguson and Carroll – that ball was going in and nothing was going to stop it.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 4, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    i would agreed he is a good striker BUT for the past 10 yrs the problem are:

    i) Lazyness. One min he is good then another min he show his lazyness

    ii) He foul too much. During our relegation years, he got the most fouls in the Premierleague (fact)

    iii) Inconsistency. This is his major weekness. The reason he never got the nod to play at the England Senior Level. (Good Nigeria took him)

  • gorskino10

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    He played well at the weekend but ive seen this many times him play 1 good game then do nothing for the next 7 or so. he does just enough to stay at the club remember when we called for him to leave the club and was pondering putting him on transfer list he put in 2 good games we forgot about getting rid of him after those 2 games he did nothing.

    Problem with him he dosent score enough i mean if a midfielde has DOUBLE or so more goals than the striker and Best has more only playing like less than half the games Shola played, Shola IS and ONLY a backup player, he shouldnt be starting for our team, gets tired too quick and doesnt score enough in a season.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Gorskin010 : i agreed with you mate. One good “world class” performance then 7 below average performance by Ameobi.

    Best score almost the same amount as him, but playing half of what Ameobi’s games

  • hadthetshirt

    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Sorry to be a party pooper but I just don’t rate number 23.He is at best a championship player.Times he has played as a loan striker have been abysmal.He can’t trap the ball or hold it up,he is constantly fouling and if not he’s offside. I despair when pardew says he managed some great strikers like Zamora and Harewood.Looks like we will be after Carlton Cole then.I just hope Graham Carr has loads of say and pardew isn’t soley responsible for getting us a goal scoring number 9.

  • solano

    Apr 4, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #17

    I have to say he is the most frustrating player I have ever watched at Newcastle……he has obviously got somethig as he has outlasted about 10 managers and his overall goalscoring record actually isn’t that bad considering most have been scored at the very top level in the Prem and in Europe…..I have seen him terrorise Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, give John Terry a torrid time on more than one occasion and, of course, score quite a few against our derby rivals, Blunderland and the Smoggies…….but all in all, it’s what could have been for Strolla……his languid style was never suited to the screaming hordes who demand blood and sweat and too many times, it just looks like he never developed the “footballing brain” to consistently trouble defences…….that said, I think Ameobi is our best forward at the club and when Best’s ratio reduces, which it most probably will if he ever gets fit, some may come to see that Ameobi was not worthy of all the stick directed at him..

  • t00ntime

    Apr 4, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #18

    If I’m honest I think he is a shit player BUT, he plays almost every match 120% and after 11years of more or less bench warming he has stayed by us. So if he now starts having shots and great passes like against wolves he will have the heart an the skills to become a very important bench warmer ( I’m hoping we bring in higher class strikers). Shola might be getting on in age but now Is a great time to live up to what he could still become.

    Good luck to
    You shoal and keep scoring

    HWTL. 0-2. On sunday


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