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.