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!