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!