Can Shola Ameobi Ever Become A Consistent Striker?

Shola Ameobi has 8 goals for Newcastle this season, and is third top goalscorer behind captain Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll.

Shola Ameobi – the man in the mask

But Newcastle fans are well aware that Shola can be a frustrating player, because one week he looks great, as against Wolves last week when he made one and socred one in the first half, and then in the very next game he can look very ordinary as he becomes the invisible man.

Ameobi will again partner Peter Lovenkrands tomorrow at Villa park, and Newcastle manager has openly talked today about Ameobi’s lack of consistency.

And that’s good because the first step in solving a problem is to identify exactly what it is, and of course it’s up to Shola to put in a performance like last week, week in week out for the Newcastle side.

If he could do that then Shola Ameobi would be an automatic starter on Tyneside, which he hasn’t been these last few seasons.

Alan  Pardew talked about Shola Ameobi to the local Newcastle press corps today

“The only thing you can hold against Shola is his consistency.”

“And I’ve said to him we need him to produce the level of performance he did against Wolves in every game.”

“That’s what everybody here wants to see and we hope he can produce it.” “To be fair to him, he’s given me very good performances since I’ve been at this club.”

“I just want to see another seven from him.” “We will see what happens in those final seven games, but he has a great talent.”

We have to hope that those very  honest words from the Newcastle manager, can have a positive effect on the 29 year-old.

Pardew is only trying to get the very best out of the Nigerian, and he should take it as positive criticism, that will make him into a better player.

The 6’2″ striker has 69 goals in 297 total appearances for the Magpies, and 37 of them are in the Premier League, and 12 in European competition, so this lad can score at the very top level.

If he can play well again tomorrow then everybody wins, including the Newcastle side, the manager, and the player himself.

Go for it Shola!

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Andy

    Apr 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #1

    See that Wolves are getting an absolute hammering! Puts a bit of distance between the relagation fodder and the rest of the pack with that win for Everton. Still hoping a victory over villa tomorrow will put them in the bottom 3. Would love it if they went down. Love it!

  • boater

    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m a big fan and I bang on about shola a lot, but I don’t think he will ever be a truly consistent player. I don’t mind though to be honest.

    I think we should accept what he is now: an experienced all-round target man; accepts being rotated; good dressing room influence; scores the odd key goal; gives the team shape and stretches the pitch allowing for runners to burst into space from midfield.

    More than happy for new strikers to come in and earn their starting place – but Shola if only as a proven back-up player will be as important for us as ever next season.

  • ToonBen

    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Sometimes I have a degree of sympathy for Shola, but the top and bottom of it is that the fans have begged for consistency from him for years. I very much doubt he will start showing it now. Hopefully I am proven wrong though.

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Shola is consistant. He’s consistantly inconsistant.

    You have to admit though he pops up with some vital goals every now and again!

  • Billy1985

    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #5

    he is consistant……..not in a good way as in scoring wise but you cant knock his loyalty to the club. and in his past he has scored some very good and important goals

  • jimiley

    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s not consistent at 28 Ed. How much longer do you want to give him before he retires? We were desperate to sell him to Stoke or Ipswich two years ago and now he is accepted. Sort of. There’s nowt as fickle as fans.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    He will never been consistent. he played for 10 yrs and he never being consistent even for 3 straight games…too bad he got 2-3 left in his career

  • roe997

    Apr 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8

    shola brace tmz! the lad hurting frm them so ithink he up his game this time. after he gets this out his system,he will no doubt be crabut i hope im wrong lol

  • arfa chance

    Apr 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m thinking 3-1 tomorrow to us. Barton, bambi and Raylor for us and Bent for them. One of my good friends is a director at the villa but I still want 3 points and a nail in their coffin

  • gorskino10

    Apr 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Well yeah he is usually consistantly terrible, He was good last game although he didnt do anything from 60 Min onwards but still he just cannot cut it, doesnt have enough stamina to last so he will never be consistantly good, as he will eventually tire. Also he just isnt a typical goalscorer, he isnt a preditor or a poacher he gets the odd goals this will NEVER chance.
    He is too old to care old but i do think as an option to have on the bench he is ok and thats what he has been the last 10 years a player they didnt want to sell but then again not a player who should be starting.

  • arfa chance

    Apr 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    7 goals from shola in the next 7 games would be great. I expect him to produce . Come on shola. HWTL

  • ArtyH

    Apr 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Love him or hate him, hes our SHola and I’m glad we did not get rid of him a couple of years ago, and I wanted him gone then to….
    IMHO if Pardew can convince Shola he can run through wall for him and the team we will finally have a decent striker in the team, but not an icon.
    Sadly I think Shola is from the Heskey and Barns school had great potential but never made it past ordinary though the latter played for England and were distinctly ordinary…..
    Go on Shola get eh winner on Sunday and a goal every game til the end of the season and you will be a hero.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13

    i dont mind if we get rid of Shola, at least that empty slot can be fill by a younger and better player.

    the reason he never being called up the england squad

    the reason he never really link with the no 9 shirt

    the reason he never being offer by other club

  • terencelim

    Apr 9, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #14

    If we are to compete at the highest level of modern football, Shola is the type of players you must remove from the squad list.

    It’s cruel, I remembered and love those days when he was so young and played beside Shearer for UEFA.

    But…but…it’s just the reality in football…

  • arfa chance

    Apr 9, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Shola had one of his best runs twice under managers who have believed in him and given him confidence. Under roeder in 06 and at the start of our championship Campaign last yr he did well. Maybe the cuddle from pardew will do him good

  • Brutooon

    Apr 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #16

    he is 29 yrs old, i think in 3 yrs time he will be old and retire.

    i survive 9 yrs of inconsistency, i dont mind another 3 more

  • sweendog

    Apr 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #17

    arfa chance .. did well under wor bobby too shearer was out. .

  • arfa chance

    Apr 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Sweendog .. thanks forgot about that. Shola is the nearly man. Let’s hope he does fill the void 7 more goals

  • jamesnufc86

    Apr 9, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Shola has been a great servant for Newcastle and as loyal as they come, I personally dont think that he is a top notch striker, but on his day is a right handful, its not nice to say because how much the lad has given to Newcastle but at 29, we have to start looking at getting a replacement, sometimes i see him finish a goal and actually think to my self( it looks like he didnt mean to place it there it was lucky) i dont think ive done that with anyone else as often as shola , but good luck for tomorrow lad HWTL

  • henock1989

    Apr 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #20

    he is not the type of player newcastle needs …why whould u want shola…67 goals in 297..for a 29 year old…that is NOT GOOD!!
    we have to change…give ranger a chance…and sell this players who dont perform well…that is how football world works.
    I dont even understand why we are concentrating on offensive players when we have the worst defense. For some reason Mike Williamson and Colo are not really good together. I would love to see S.Taylor back!!
    danny boy is fantastic!!!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 9, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #21

    boater – I bow down to your wisdom as those are my thoughts exactly 🙂

  • Thump

    Apr 9, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Shola is interesting… he has a tendency to show up for the big games (Chelsea, Sunderland etc.,) and very few else. That said he’s been improving lately… too much to hope for that he’ll turn into a Drogba-like character, eh?

  • wynsleap

    Apr 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Can Shola Ameobi ever become a consistent striker?
    And isn’t it pathetic that we still have to ask (or answer) that question about a 29 year old striker.

  • Sav

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Shola is what he is.
    In fairness to him, if he could be consistently fit and injury-free, he might consistently play well, too. He has played through painful injuries before and taken a slating for playing poorly, when really the club shoul not have asked him to step out onto the pitch. This time its with a broken cheek but he still does his job. And with the development of his 2 footballer brothers, especially Sammy, perhaps that has been the extra pressure he may have needed to produce the performances we’ve had this season.
    – There’s nothing like a bit of sibling rivalry to bring out the aggression!

  • thepict

    Apr 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Shola would run through brick walls for this club .
    The Fenham Eusebio


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