Shola Ameobi has 9 goals for Newcastle so far this season, with 6 of them being in the Premier League, and 3 in the Carling Cup.
Foluwashola Ameobi – Newcastle United striker for 11 years
Shola is 3rd top of the goal scoring charts behind Kevin Nolan with 12 goals, and the departed Andy Carroll with 11 goals, so that’s not too bad a return for Ameobi, who again has been injured too much this seaosn.
Shola Ameobi was born in Josepha, Nigeria in 1981 and his family moved to Newcastle when he was five years old.
Shola’s initial promise was seen while he was playing for Walker Central Boys Club, and he was invited to join the Newcastle United Academy in 1995, and finally made his debut under Sir Bobby Robson when he was 18 in 2000.
Shola has talked today and thinks relegation could have been a blessing in disguise for Newcastle United:
“We went down two seasons ago and have come back up, that was a roller-coaster ride which has in the end proved to be the making of us now in this day and age as a club.”
“It’s a lot different to when I first came in the team when we had Alan Shearer, Gary Speed, Nobby Solano and other players who were on top of their game but hopefully we can get back to those days.”
“Obviously the one big change is that we were playing European football when I first came in, those first years were fantastic. It was something I’ll cherish.”
“We’re not in the place where we can be challenging for Europe but that’s not to say we can’t get back up there. Football changes very quickly we all know that and we’re striving to get better, striving to improve not only as individuals but as a club.”
“I know the fans would love us to get back to those days where we were challenging teams in Europe because they were fantastic days for the club and for the city.”
Being relegated was absolutely heart-breaking for most Newcastle fans, and surely there was an easier way to get a wake up call the club most definitely needed.
But in retrospect Shola’s right, because for one thing since the club was relegated we’ve seen that old fighting spirit and passion return to the Newcastle players.
Never was it on display more than when Newcastle made the greatest comeback in Premier League history against Arsenal, which made most Newcastle fans very proud of their side, and the club got fantastic news coverage around the world.
And if you want to know what Geordie passion really is, then listen to this local commentary on the Newcastle vs Arsenal game – it’s just absolutely amazing. 😀
Howay The Lads!!