Pardew Puzzled Over Why Ameobi Always Injured

It turns out that Shola Ameobi is only 50-50  for t0morrow night’s game against Manchester United at St. James’ Park.

Shola Ameobi – only 50-50 for tomorrow night

And if that’s the case, Newcastle should probably wrap him in cotton wool ready for the important game at Blackpool next Saturday, where the lads could get the 3 points to make them safe for the season.

But Alan Pardew is puzzled as to why Shola is always picking up niggly little injuries, and Newcastle fans are well aware that Ameobi misses far too many games each season through injury.

Pardew talked about the Nigerian born striker today:

“I think Shola can play two games a week, but we do struggle to keep him fit,” “If you look at his career, that has always been a problem. “

“He’s a big guy and he has that ability to nick the ball and get clattered by a center-half. Those players are always vulnerable to injury.”

“This latest injury isn’t down to contact, it’s just wear and tear,” “He  had a bit of swelling and we’re relieved it’s nothing too serious.”

“The scan coming back was brilliant news, because it doesn’t look like there is anything major going on, we should be okay, but I’ll have to manage him.”

Ameobi started Pardew’s very first game in charge against Liverpool, partnering Andy Carroll up front, but he had to come off with a hamstring injury, so it wasn’t a great start for Shola under new manager Pardew, in terms of being fit to play.

With Andy Carroll gone, Shola could have come in and filled the position, but he’s missed many games through injury, and although Leon Best did a very good job with 6 goals in 11 league games, the Irish striker is now out for the season, after having an operation on his ankle.

If Shola cannot start tomorrow night, we wonder who’s going to score the goals, but maybe Shefki Kuqi will get his chance to start the game.  While that may disappoint some fans, this player could rise to the occasion for Newcastle – and if he ever scores for Newcastle he’ll bring the house down.

Newcastle are now suffering big time for not bringing in a replacement for Andy Carroll, after selling him on the very last day of the January transfer window, and no time left to draft in somebody new.

The very last thing we want to see is Shola start the game tomorrow, and then limp off and have to miss the game at Blackpool on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • goala ameobi 23

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    injuries have always been Shola’s biggest problem. without the injuries he’s better than AC in my opinion! even with injuries he’s better if we’re playing sunderland 🙂

  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    We might as well give kuqi atleast one start and against utd, well, that’ll be as good as any seeing as we aren’t expected to even get a point from it. Give him a start infront of our home fans and let’s the players that aren’t 100 percent fit rest

  • hainesy

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    If Kuqi ever starts a game for the TOON I will Cry. Not sad tears, but joy that an old guy is getting his chance to shine against the Big guns! Good on you Shefki!

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    He will Be ok – He wants The Man Utd Game Badly That Will Be His Cup Final.
    We just need to get the 3 points we need by the end of the season and then Mike Ashley Needs To Get Some New Players In Big Time !!! Were On The Bones of Our Behind Here Scratchin On With Injured Players and Young Kids Never seen a Season Like It !!!!

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Yea Give Kuqi a Start Show Pardews Faith in the Guy !!!! He Cant Be any Worse Than Ranger He is Bloody Hopeless !!!!!!!!

  • alex84

    Apr 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    how is Ranger hopeless? he is still learning his trade and has very good potential, he can’t be judged now he is a impact player not a starter!

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    my team for tuesday:

    RB- Simpson
    CB -Mike
    CB -Colo
    LB -Jose

    RW- Raylor
    CM- Barton
    CDM- Tiote
    CAM – Ireland (or start Airey as 2nd forward)
    LW- Jonas (also jonas ant Rayan could change wings, i believe jonas is better on the right.)

    ST- Kuqi (and Ranger as sub after 65min)

  • hollywood

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I would start the cookie monster, he’s a big lad and can win balls to flick on. Id probs start loverman as he makes half decent runs for flick on’s. Do we really need to play this game? Cant we just take a draw now??

  • geoff777

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Ranger is a fantastic player.

    It was his first start.

    ffs …

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    kuqi and lovenkrAnds should play forward in midfield we have to play guthierez Tiote barton ryan taylor in defence we have to play jose ENRIQUE williamson Collocini simpson and goal keeper should be harper tat will be starting line up

  • ytz

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    More reason for Newcastle to unload Ameobi this summer. I hope Kuqi starts. Seems like a smashing lad.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope Steve Taylor plays against Man U Williamson has done well but I think Rooney & Hernadez will murder him. Hope we win but I think Man U will be smarting after Saturday & determined to win as long as we put up a good show will be more than happy with a point.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Lee Dodd good god man give Ranger a chance he shows a lot of promise and he has just turned 20 Carroll at his age was hopeless as well and we were willing to sell him for peanuts & look how he turned out

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    On Ameobi I am convinced if he hadn’t had so may injuries he would have been better than Carroll he’s got much more skill. His youngest brother who has played for the reserves this season looks a decent prospect.

  • curmon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    It would be interesting to compare Ameobi’s injury periods and how or when they are co incidental with transfer windows. I used to be suspicious that he had an injury at times when he could be in the shop window to be sold.

  • kevymartins

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Don’t be stupit guys …kuqi over ameobi….kuqi is at the club to teach the youth ranger etc and a squad player to help us get by nothing else..

    my line up


    Ireland for guthrie 65 min
    saylor for loverboy 65 min if defending something
    ranger for lover 65 if attacking for something

    please dont sit there and tell me that this line up isnt gona be more likely…and it should be for a reason …ITS ARE BEST TEAM AVAIBLE.

  • kevymartins

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Oh an btw lads…

    Never underestimate us…look what we have done to arsenal chelsea liverpool…

    people dont realize how strong are team is even with are injurys… yes AC aint here but 1 player dont make a team..

    An man u will be expecting a fight from us i think weel get a point

  • shearermania

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #18

    yes start kuqi against man u

    and substitute him after 5 minutes when he runs out of air…..absolute b…..ocks

  • Billy1985

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #19

    alex 84 you dont get signed for a club just as an impact player. you need players that want to play he only came here for the night life ranger is shit and you seen that against villa what has he done? except from reserves because he cant handle it in the first team. people slating kuqi if he did start and he scored would yous be slating him get a grip

  • Steve_48

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Join the bloody club Pardew!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Ameobi got maximum of 3 yrs in his career, its been 10 season and we never seen him consistency both in term of apperances and goals.


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