Shola Ameobi has been in communication with Newcastle over a new contract, but the talks have recently stalled.
Shola Ameobi – one year left on contract
That’s what’s being reported in the Sunday Sun this morning, and with Shola turning 30 in Ocotber, he will not get a long term deal on Tyneside.
If Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton cannot get long term deals at Newcastle, then Shola will definitely not get one.
And one problem with Shola is that he has a terrible injury record, and the best Newcastle can expect from him in a season is to be fit for say half the games.
And Shola has had so many hamstring injuries in his career, we’ve lost count.
The local Newcastle striker has just one more year left in his three-year contract, and the best we think he can expect is a two year extension- if that.
Shola will need to have a good season next term, if he is to get any extension to his contract – and that may be sad – but it’s also true with the way the Newcastle hierarchy are handling contracts.
They will not pay out big money to stars who may be past their best, and their experience with Sol Campbell last season will make them even more determined to continue in that vein.
This is what the former England U21 star told the Sunday Sun this morning:
“I want to get it sorted out, but obviously the two parties have to meet somewhere and that hasn’t been the case yet,”
“As a player, you want to feel secure. You want to know what’s going to happen for the next few years but I don’t at the moment.”
“It’s something I’m trying to get sorted but at the moment I’ve got one year left.” “A year can go very quickly and things change, as we have seen.”
For the record, Shola has made 303 appearances for Newcastle with 70 goals and 27 assists.
And with the shock news we’ve all had with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton this summer, Shola could well be in his last season on Tyneside, especially if he has another injury ravaged campaign.
What do you think?