Shola Ameobi Likely To Be Bit Player Next Season


There seems to be little  chance that Shola Ameobi will be able to get a starting place in the Newcastle side that faces Arsenal in the first game of the Premier League season  on 13th August.

Shola Ameobi – doubtful to be starter next season

It looks likely that Ameobi will get a start against third tier side Orlando City tomorrow night, and Shola did come on after some 30 minutes in the game against Sporting Kansas on Wednesday, in place of the injured Ben Arfa.

But in that game against Sporting Kansas,  the two defenses were on top for most of the game, and there were not too many chances, and indeed the first shot on goal, from either side,  was after a full 60 minutes.

This is what Shola said to the local Newcastle press today from Orlando

“No matter who it’s against, if you’re wearing a Newcastle shirt, you want to do your best,”

“I just want to start the season in the right shape, and I’m working hard on my fitness.”

“When it comes to August and Arsenal, you want to be ready, and that’s what these games are here for.”

“People say the results don’t really matter, but as a professional, when you cross the white line, you want to do your best.”

Ameobi is realizing that sports in the United States is huge, and even in football (called soccer here) the facilities the clubs have are excellent.

And there has even been some criticism of this Newcastle  tour by some, Steve Howey in particular, but the lads are getting what they need, some good training and some competitive games – what more do you want?

And Shola seems to be quite pleased with the way things have gone in America, and certainly he  seemed impressed with the Sporting Kansas facilities.

Ameobi continued:

“You can learn a lot out here.” “The manager has said that too. When you look at the quality of Kansas’s training ground and stadium.”

“It was unbelievable.”  “It’s one of the reasons we are out here. If you can see a better way of doing it, that’s the idea. That’s why we are out here.”

“You can take a lot of lessons with the way the Americans do things in terms of organization and the technology side of it. It makes the difference.”

“If it can make us stronger, then great. Whatever ideas they have that can make Newcastle United stronger, we need to know.”

“The downsides are the jetlag and different time zones, but we are coping quite well.”  “We are enjoying it, but there have been a lot of flights for us.”

“From the point of the players, it’s pre-season, and we’re just putting the required work in. The fact that we’re training so hard and are building up our fitness is good.”

“The next few games will get us ready for Arsenal for the opening game of the season.”    “You are waking up early in the morning, but that’s how it is.”

“You can sleep during the day, and we have done a bit of that.”   “We are having two sessions per day and working hard.”

Shola is going to have a hard time getting too many first team starts this season, although when the local lad is on form, he’s almost unplayable, but he’s not in top form too much during a full season.

And of course when he does hit top form, the frustrating thing with Shola is that’s the time he usually picks up those injuries, and he’s had quite a few hamstring problems in his eleven year career on Tyneside.

There are far too many games that Shola  seems to disappear and even lose interest in games, but we hear the Nigerian-born striker  has always been really good in training but rarely produces that form in games.

But as we said, when he does produce his best he can be a great player, as he’s proved that many times when he’s hit his best form against local rivals Sunderland – as one example.

With Demba Ba likely to be the starting front man, and with hopes that Newcastle can still sign PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc, Ameobi  may have to be content with being a bit player next season, in the last year of his current contract at Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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137 comments so far

  • PortsladeToon

    Jul 22, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #1

    only need him to down the dirty,filthy,stinky unwashed mackems

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #2

    i read this as sh it player by accident. Shola being a bit part player is always a good sign for me at NUFC. When he is more than that is shows how depleted we are. I like the big guy but he’s not as good as best or ba

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  • rknufc

    Jul 22, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #3

    any1 know the latest on ben arfa?? ah was gonna be booking my flights to the fulham game tomorrow but dno if hell be back 🙁

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  • PortsladeToon

    Jul 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #4

    rknufc,
    There has been no official word yet, personally i would hold on and and wait for the offical website to post something before booking flights

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  • phoonck

    Jul 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #5

    to the article, its about time. really.

    hwtl!

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  • Barras

    Jul 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #6

    @rknufc

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc A bit more news of timescale tomorrow in the Evening Chronicle
    1 hour ago

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc Hatem Ben Arfa now in Clairefontaine for treatment
    1 hour ago

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  • free giveaways

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #7

    There’s nothing official on Ben Arfa. Hope it’s not serious, I he’d be fit for the first game of the season.

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  • rknufc

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #8

    @ PortsladeToon cheers

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  • free giveaways

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #9

    ^*I heard he would be fit for the first game of the season.

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #10

    @andy

    Can you translate this? Anyway, nothing who will koncks you off. It was last summer, before the game against Norway. At the time, it was again the same old argument about Ben arfa, and there is Blanc’s answer.

    Laurent Blanc, sélectionneur de l’équipe de France, a concédé lundi que Hatem Ben Arfa manquait de “constance” mais a expliqué que c’était au staff des Bleus de lui “faire trouver la régularité”.

    “Moi, personnellement, il me va très bien, il n’est pas dans la meilleure des formes, comme beaucoup de joueurs (en ce début de saison), mais il est plein de qualités. Il doit trouver de la constance. Il manque de régularité mais il a été appelé pour ses qualités, à nous de lui faire trouver la régularité”

    Some also whisper Ben arfa’s was a subject of discord between Blanc and his friend Didier Deschamps.

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Well, i know we are not supposed to speak of non linked football subjects, but if i don’t make mistake there’s some Norwegian people on this blog, and NUFC probably got many fans in Norway, so a thought for them and their country today.

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #12

    “I, personally, he’s fine with me, it is not in the best shape, as many players (in this season), but it is full of qualities. He needs to find consistency. This lack of regularity but was called for his skills, we make him find the regularity”
    That is a loose translation. Was Blanc happy with his move to the PL then? Did he think a club HBA could be the big fish so to speak would be beneficial to hatem? RE – Deschamps he makes a few strange decisions as OM manager doesn’t he? So Hatem falling out with him is maybe not so much all hatems fault

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Rather “i apreciate him (as a player)” than “he’s fine with me”.

    The opinion of Blanc about HBA in Newcastle is very hard to figure. It’s not clear wether he’s happy cause he will be a starter and thusfar play a lot or if he’s concernede about he will not paly european’s competitions.

    And concerning Deschamps, his attitude toward Ben arfa was very strange indeed. There’s even rumours about the involvment of one of the most dark characters of the french football: Jean Pierre Bernès. Who is Deschamps’s (and also Blanc, and Ribéry, and many others) agent.

    I let you read (and translate again) this, it will give you an idea:

    “Un proche de l’entourage de Laurent Blanc ,nous a informé que lors d’un repas familiale avec Le Président que Didier Deschamps aurait très mal pris la sélection et le but d’Hatem Ben Arfa lors du match France Norvège !!!!! Deschamps est en froid avec Ben Arfa et ce n’est un secret pour personne, et DD ne cesse de répéter qu’Hatem n’a pas 90 min dans les jambes pour jouer un match entièrement et qu’il manque de régularité !! Seulement , lors de France Norvège on a simplement vu …le contraire toujours selon ce proche, parait il que lors des tests physiques à l’OM, il s’est avéré que l’olympien le plus en forme était …Hatem Ben Arfa ! Pour la régularité , Hatem semble l’avoir gagné depuis décembre dernier, pourtant Didier Deschamps ne cesse de clamer le contraire ! Toujours d’après ce proche , Le Président aurait dit que DD pense profondément que Ben Arfa est le meilleur olympien mais que ce dernier ne s’imposera pas tant qu’il sera entraineur!!!!! pourtant La Desch ne cesse de répéter que ses choix ne sont fait que pour le bien de l’équipe.”

    Le président: Laurent Blanc Nickname
    Olympien: Marseille’s players are called like that.

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Bernès squad:

    Palayers: Alou Diarra, Adil Rami, Jérémy Mathieu, Jimmy Briand, Samir Nasri,Franck Ribéry (and many others).

    Coachs: Didier Deschamps et Laurent Blanc.

    YOu must also know he was part of Marseille-Valenciennes game fixing scandal in 93 during the tenure of Bernard Tapie as Marseille’s president and Owner.
    The most darkest hour of the french football.

    Some whisper the Champions league title of 93 (against Milan) for Marseille was even the result of an arrangment between Tapie and his friend Silvio Berlusconi.

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #15

    “A source close to Laurent Blanc’s entourage, told us that during a family dinner with President Didier Deschamps would have taken very little selection and the purpose of Hatem Ben Arfa in the match France Norway !!!!! Deschamps is cold and Ben Arfa is a secret, and DD keeps saying no qu’Hatem 90 min in the legs to play a full game and that lack of regularity! But in France we just saw Norway … the contrary, always according to this close, it seems that during the physical tests at the OM, it was found that the Olympian was in better shape … Hatem Ben Arfa! For consistency, Hatem seems to have won since last December, though Didier Deschamps continues to claim the opposite! Also according to this close, the President was as deep as DD think Ben Arfa is the best Olympian, but the latter does not prevail as long as he will coach !!!!! The Desch yet keeps saying that its choices are made ??for the good of the team”

    This almost sounds like Deschamps is jealous of HBA as crazy as that sounds. Is Deshcamps a manager that is very systematic i.e he doesn’t like flair players as much as they’re more unpredictable therefore more inconsistent?

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  • allan666

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #16

    great squad player and like ed says unplayable when on form , not often enough yes . too many injuries hampered his progress but you never here him moaning when not in the team . give him a new contract

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #17

    The translation is very bad this time!

    Well, Deschamps have not apreciated Ben arfa’s skills display against Norway, and he have reproached Blanc to have make him play. Furthemore, Deschamps was saying Ben arfa was not fit when training have resume last summer. THis is how he have justified his will to kick the boy out of the club. Unfortunatly for him, the physical test have shown Ben arfa was indeed…the most fit of all the players in Marseille!

    And all of this have happen after a very strange season’s end with HBA on the bench altough he was Marseille’s Best player during winter.

    Honnestly, pushing aside conspiracy’s theorys, i didn’t have simple explanation.

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  • connor_nufc

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #18

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12876_7056012,00.html.

    dave whelan says villa and two other clubs are desperate to sign him, hopefully it includes us

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Well maybe Deschampsn was having like many people in France some strong prejudices against Ben arfa (and this is also the responsability of the player, for many of his past behaviors are non excusables).

    However, for a coach, it’s a fault. A great lack of cleverness.

    Maybe did he have finally realised his mistake for he have tried to keep the player in Marseille at the last minute, but it was too late.

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #20

    So basically Ben Arfa got called unfit he was the fittest Ben Arfa got told he wasn’t playing well enough – he was one of the best. I’ve talked with a french friend about HBA and he says that in the small pond of Newcastle he will love it as he’ll be truly appreciated. Would you agree?

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Well, it’s a fondamental thing to understand about Ben arfa:

    He’s looking for trust from others. I would even say for love.

    A very remarkable thing is the number of statements he have make about leaving his familly at the age of 12. Something who have deeply brand him and probably delayed his development as a football player. For he was having big difficulty to work well within a group.

    He want a familly more than a team. He want a Jersey he will die for. Considering what the club have done for him last winter, i am very optmistic about that.

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #22

    So with all the players talking about how Hatem told them about how good a club this is etc do you think that is what the club and Hatem are trying to do? I know alan pardew has his faults but his man management is said to be very good. He knows how to make players feel wanted and i think Hatem is a player that wants to feel that as you say. With NUFC i’d say it is almost a family feel to the whole area of Newcastle. It’s a sort of them against us mentality because of the perceptions of newcastle fans all around the country of being delusional. When we get attached to a player we really get attached. See the anger after Carroll sale despite the great price we got (regardless of what happened to the money)

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I have already mentioned his interest for Books and litteracy, but by any evidences, he’s a very sensible guy.

    In fact, all was said some ten years ago by Hatem himself. It’s the video of his famous fight with Diaby at Clairefontaine Academy. But the most interesting are Hatem’s words( 2:35d o the vid):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl0B15JNGpU

    “I’m pretty nervous. When someone tell me something, i ‘m going angry quickly …i don’t know why… it’s life, i’m like that…”

    He was 13 years old at the time…

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Well, many people were surpised by his choice. I wasn’t. In fact, it seems obvious he have choice you for the reasons you have mentioned.

    And i was thinking this before all these talkings with you. Now, i must say, Newacstle united is really a wonderfull club, and Ben arfa’s involvment in the recruitment show he have been very impressed too during the few months he have passed on the sides of theTyne.

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #25

    “He have choosed you.”

    Better like that, no?

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  • jackdnufc

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Why did they have a bust up in the first place, Niafron?

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  • jackdnufc

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #27

    “He would choose you” is the best way to put it.

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  • jackdnufc

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #28

    or “he has chosen you”.

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the fact the club has been sold to him says a lot about the character. You can tell he is a difficult one to get right but if you get him right then he could be a super start. This may sounds a bit strange but i think with the leg break he got to know just how much football and himself meant to all NUFC supporters. There were thousands of messages sent to him and he spoke of them quite a few times. I have every confidence he will come back and be just as good if not better than he was in time. Don’t have any doubts over his fitness and a weakness of his leg, i did a similar injury and if anything after the first couple of tackles i felt confident and comfortable with the injury. Hatem will have had some of the best rehab there is to make sure he is just right. I also read physically he is a better player than he was when we signed him. It shows his commitment to getting fit for us and for the team

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Niafron and andy all that has made a good read hope he gets a good run of games for us and shows everyone what he is capable of

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #31

    @Jack

    Cause Diaby has made a disgracious comment about Ben arfa’s mother for no reason…

    A stupid teenager quarell as you can see. It have happen a lot of time to all of us, but when your are the futur savior of the french football with a camera watching all your movements, consequences are not the same…

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  • kentonmags

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #32

    I have just joined the fantasy league is there anymore codes or just the 1 lads

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  • arfa chance#10

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Good for hatem, love his cocky attitude

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Just that 1 kenton

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  • jackdnufc

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #35

    @NIafron

    It’s unfortunate that that’s the case.

    I suppose it’s all a part of growing up and making you into what you are, and by all accounts and not least your own, Ben Arfa seems far more of a man than most professional footballers. One can only hope he get over these injuries and come to the fore like he so apparently deserves.

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Well, when i say a teenager’s quarells, maybe Zinedine Zidane would not agree, for he was 34 years old when he have hit Materazzi for the same reasons…

    At least, i hope HBA will be more clever than him with time (and i think it’s already the case, even if he’s still hot headed)…

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #37

    If he can have half the success of zidane at us i think i wouldn’t give a damn how hot headed he was! Zidane was truly sublime as a player. An artist!

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  • niafron

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Well, it’s my personnal opinion:

    We got a lot of good football players in France, but the only one with a strong personnality is Ben arfa.

    This is why i consider him as our best hope, cause the problem of France today is a problem of Leadership and charisma.

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #39

    HBA is easy my favorite player at the minute. Not to many pro’s would go down nd watch the heed (gateshead) in there spare time just to get to know the people and the area. Future Legend !

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  • Brutooon

    Jul 22, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #40

    we need another striker because we only need shola ameobi for the mackem game – the rest of the games he is crap

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