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!!