Shola Ameobi On Form Is Unplayable But …..

We’d be very surprised if  Shola Ameobi starts at Villa Park tomorrow.

Shola Ameobi – when on form he’s unplayable

One reason for that is we don’t think Alan Pardew will play ina  4-4-2 formation like he did at QPR, and he will likely employ five in midfield,  to allow Newcastle to have  a better chance at getting to grips with Villa, who are a good side.

On Monday night,  Cabaye and Tiote were simply over-run in midfield and never got to grips with the opposition which played five across the midfield.

Shola looked all but hopeless on Monday night, and he can never be accused of being a consistent player, that’s for sure.

And the fans have been frustrated with Shola for many a long season, since on his day, he looks world class, and in the next game he seems to be able to do absolutely nothing right.

That’s a good was to describe Shola’s play over the years.

Alan Pardew is more compassionate in his opinion of the 29 year-old, who was born in Zaria, Nigeria:

“I think Shola is one of those players that on his day he is just unplayable.”  “And I think that’s what is frustrating, you want that every week.”

“You could look at a lot of players of Shola’s type and build and it is difficult to reproduce that week in, week out.”   “With Shola it is about targeting the right game plan for him.

“The game plan we had the other night didn’t really work out for him.”

Shola can be on his game at any time, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he gets on tomorrow at Villa Park, and then plays very well.

We don’t expect him to start tomorrow, but Newcastle fans would love to see the unplayable Shola Ameobi pretty soon.

Howay The Lads!!

41 comments so far

  • planb

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Iwould say the opposite is true they are very overrated the rubbish we have up front they are championship quality at best thats why no team came sniffing to sign any of them and its common knowledge they were all up for sale not one will score ten goals this season! on the subject of ameobi i agree he is unplayable then why play him and give him new contract?

  • hugenufcfan

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I really dont remember the time he was in form to be honest. He basically has no skills whatsoever. The only advantage he has is with his height. That too, he doesnt make good use of. Am really surprised why we are playing him.
    the only reason i can see is that he has been loyal to NUFC.
    Time for the younger amoebi to get a run more frequently.

  • woodsee

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I cant stand shola,but if he plays tomorrow will probably score,then do nowt for the rest of the game or the next 4 or 5 matches then get injured ,then do it all again ,he has fluked a whole career doin just this

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    the only game in which he is unplayable will be againist those mackems other than that he is no better than a flag pole

  • woodsee

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    A flag pole holds a flag Roshan,therefore more use than strolla

  • Elb11

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I love Shola but I’ve never seen a game where he’s been “world class” or “unplayable”… He should become our mascot, that way we don’t have to sell him or play him.

  • ginkoh

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    He will be god in 1 from 10 games.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    well woodsee then every single thing living or dead is better than strolla

  • woodsee

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9


  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Unplayable meaning that he don’t know how to play, I suppose? By far the worst striker in EPL who is considered a starter.

    For 10 years we’ve seen this 2 meters of dead wood up front, I’m simply cannot believe how he still gets selected!

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Loyal to NUFC? Remember we tried to offload him a few years ago… And Stoke took him on loan, but of course they didn’t want to buy him when seeing how useless he is… Loyal my @ss, the fact is that nobody wants him. And at 30k + per week, I totallly understand them

  • woodsee

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Hes even standing in an offside position in the picture above

  • Dannyo

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Zamblera released by the club.
    No wonder, haven’t seen him in aaaaages…

  • John

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14

    I think lovenkrands and best offer more as a partnership wud love see fergie, samey, and harris in the team soon. With raylor at LB we have lost that threat up the left for a change we should try obertan out their and play jonas right side never understand why they dont do it during the games to unstettle the opp bk four and mix it up.

  • Toon_Army

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    I totally disagree with Pardew, Shola is unplayable 99% most of the time, and rightly deserves to have a season ticket on the Bench 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #16

    You’re not serious Ed?? no wonder other fans say we’re deluded when you start to say that players like Strola are ‘World Class’ on their day… thats has got to be the worst thing I’ve ever seen you post on your blog, you’ are seriously way off track on that one…..

    I was only going to comment on the title about Strola being unplayable but ‘World Class’ as well in the same subject… this is Strola you’re talking about isn’t it, I mean, are you actually comparing Strola to players like Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, Rooney etc etc I could go on.. they on their day are ‘Unplayable & World Class’ not Strola, he’s not even Premier class & you want to say he’s as good as the best in the world.. roflmfoa…. lol lol lol

  • Alberts_tash

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t mean to sound unnecessarily negative but I can’t remember the last time Shola was unplayable, or “world class on his day” seriously… when was it? and I’m thinking about the last ten years

  • Alberts_tash

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Beat me to it solaidback

  • Alberts_tash

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Actually, everyone has…

  • sidekick

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Never seen a game where Shola could be said to be unplayable.
    In over 60 years watching NUFC I can honestly say he is the worst striker I’ve seen at SJP.
    Regretfully he will play every game when fit for the next 3 years because AP has Shola as the first name on the team sheet.
    So if we are playing 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1, Shola will be out there and we will actually play 4-4-1, 4-5-0 or 4-2-3-0.
    Surprised we got a point playing 4-4-1 at QPR.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Notr only is Shola awful, i think the team is hugely overrated.

    From what i have seen so far ( early days i know but …)

    Obertan – Lazy and underconfident
    Demba Ba – Getting there
    Marveux – flitty, not bad, but not smart enough to play in the hole as suggested elsewhere
    Cabaye – Not suited to playing beside Tite – unless away from home. Hasnt shown his apparent quality

    Enrique and Barton ( why sell a bloke who is peaking ?? The result of that is what u saw at QPR) are major major major losses and the midfield is far weaker without Barton. So far Cabaye doesnt look a patch on him.

    We’ll get stuffed soon. Could be 3-0 tomorrow.

  • rab

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Billy Whitehurst
    Stephane Guivarch
    Silvio Maric
    Bobby Shinton
    Alex Mathie
    Tony Cunningham

    All better than Shola nope

  • rab

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Best till last

    Andreas Andersson now there was a pile

  • rab

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Daniel Cordone
    oh my god the pain is returning and who was the Latvian we had?

  • rab

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #25

    By the way I still would not play Shola, but he’s not the worst…. big hopes for Sammy

  • rab

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Franc Pingel

  • Alberts_tash

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t understand the point.

  • liam85

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #28

    “With Shola it is about targeting the right game plan for him”

    so does this mean pardew will keep him up front until he’s happy it’s shola’s game plan?!

  • wynsleap

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #29

    rab @ 25
    He may not be the worst but that’s only because we have bought some absolute forward dross over the five decades I’ve been watching the Toon.
    If you’ve watched John McGuigan, Keith Kettlebrough, George Reilly, Jimmy Harrower, Ray Clarke, Andy Hunt, Dave Mitchell, Paul Cannell, Rob MacDonald and the unbelievable Wayne Feraday etc. over the years – Shola isn’t bad.
    On the other hand when you’ve seen Len White, Barrie Thomas, Wyn Davies, Imre Varadi, Pop Robson, Mickey Quinn, Supermac, Sir Les, Andy Cole, Beardo, Keegan and the one and only Big Al etc., you realise what a bloody donkey Stroller really is.
    A donkey who should have been put out to grass a long time ago.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry – I should have said six decades!

  • geoff777

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m afraid I can see Ameobi starting.

    I believe Pardew thinks he’s the best of the forwards at holding the ball up.

    If Ameobi does start Pardew needs to watch his work rate and pull him at 55-60 mins if he starts his “strolling” and not coming back from offside positions.

  • Jezza

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Ameobi is one of the worst strikers we’ve had over the years and certainly right down there with the likes of Bobby Shinton, Andy Hunt, George Riley, Frank Pingel, Paul Cannell, Mick Harford, Ian Stewart etc etc. The thing that sets Ameobi apart is that none of these other duffers lasted more than a couple of years at St James Park but we have had to put up with him for more than a decade and he’s just been given a new three year contract. It beggars belief. If we’d shown him the door when we should have done, 10 years ago I very much doubt he would still be a professional footballer today. He is an incredibly lucky player to have had the chances he has hads at Newcastle and his careeer average of 4 Premiership goals a season speaks for itself.

    That clown Pardew’s praise for Ameobi is nothing more than an utterly pathetic attempt at an excuse for the club not signing a striker in the summer.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Did u ever think Pardew may be trying to boost his confidence Jezza….?????

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #34

    i agree with pardew on his day and in form he is quality as proved against barcelona many a moon ago ,but if ya give me 300 prem starts as a sunday league player in the prem i recon id get a better return of goals ,also when is his day for years we ve been waiting for his day prove us wrong, i dont think so hes had more chances then heskey his twin ,brother ,do ya think sami s the milkmans lets hope so ,new strikers in janu and i hope his days are numbered because for too long hes been raping the club of 30 grand a week we dha been better off having keeping shearer till he was 40 we should a just offered him sholas pay packet as well and released him on a free,having said that i just want to point out that all the gloom merchants have kept me very amused since i joined this site a few weeks back ,always the doom n gloomers that talk utter rubish when it comes to footy ,oh n a question ? can any 1 name me 11 newcastle players thats playe d in the premiership that surname begins with a G

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    if ya really good i think theres about 13 now if ya include gosling or has he played

  • Premiership Manager

    Sep 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I think I can remember 2 or 3 performances from Shola when he played well and he did look very impressive in those games, however if you take into consideration the appearances and his poor performances it’s about time the club let him go.

    Pardue said it all afer Sammy scored when he was asked how he compared with Shola, “More Lively.”

    Best is far more creative, threatening, has a better goals return per game and contributes far more to the game and IMO deserves an extended run in the first team as the No 1 striker.

    Personally I’d rather see Ranger given a chance than Shola because despite his problems with some guidance and attitude adjustment he could still be a very good player for us.

    I’m not sure about Ba but I’d give him a chance because of his record at West Ham scoring goals when the team was struggling to stay up. If he can regain that form he will come good.

    To be honest I wouldn’t mind seeing two young strikers being bought in in January to create more competition, (by young I mean 22-24 and hungry for Premiership starts).

    Unfortunately we’ll have to wait and see what happens but I wouldn’t be surprised if we play five in midfield unti January and then it’ll be a case of fingers crossed

    To be honest I wouldn

  • beefman13

    Sep 16, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #37

    I have got to say shola in all my time watching him playing for the toon has not ever been unplayable. shola is an average striker in every way.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #38

    mikeashleyisamackem @34
    Not sure whether all have played in Premier but can think of:
    Guitierrez, Gosling, Given, Ginola, Gascoigne, Glass, Gillespie, Geremi, Garland, Gallacher, Gallagher, Guppy, Guthrie, Gayle, Georgiadis and Godsmark (not sure about the last 3)

  • wynsleap

    Sep 16, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #39

    …. also Guivarch and Griffin.

  • thepict

    Sep 16, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #40



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