Shola Has His Critics But He Was Fabulous Yesterday

Shola Ameobi has his critics among the Newcastle fans, but nobody was complaining at the end of yesterday’s game.

Shola Ameobi – after scoring yesterday

Shola came on after 71 minutes with Ben Arfa,  and he was very lively, and not only that but he scored a brilliant equalizer after 86 minutes that would have taken the roof off St. James’ Park – if we had one.

Alan  Pardew has said today that when Shola  scored it was like the Arsenal game back in February, and that when the manager first arrived at the club, he found it difficult to understand the reputation Shola had with the fans,  with what he was seeing from Shola in practice.

And Alan made a point that Shola is just terrific to have in the dressing room.

Bit there’s no doubt, after being out injured a few weeks,  it would have been difficult for Shola to have a better performance and all credit to the 30 year-old for that, because it shows excellent character.

And even Harry Redknapp commented that Shola’s introduction seemed to energize Newcastle.

Shola was obviously pleased with the impact he had on the game and maybe this is the best way to use a player who sometimes gets lost when he starts?

This is what Shola said today:

“I’m the other side of 30 now, and it’s flown by,” he smiled. “Every season I come back, it’s always a pleasure but God knows it flies.”

“To be 30 years old now, as one of the veterans”  “But I look forward to hopefully a few more years in the Newcastle squad.”

Shola is still a youngster at 30 years of age and 40 is today’s 30 of a few decades back, anyway that’s what I am told.  And didn’t John Lennon say something about it’s all over when you reach 30 – well he was wrong about that one – thank goodness.

Shola hit his 71st goal yesterday for Newcastle,  in what was his  303rd appearance for his home town club.

Shola was asked if it was one of his best goals for the club:

“I can’t remember that far back – my memory isn’t the best being 30 and all!”

“But it’s certainly up there. It was a great strike and being on my left side, with the angle – and with what it meant as well, keeping that unbeaten run – it was fantastic.”

It was an astonishing strike from Shola,  and a goal that deservedly gave Newcastle a well earned point, and also allowed the Magpies to remain unbeaten, but there again we could have won the thing in injury time.

But we’ll not be greedy, but we we need all 3 points against Wigan next Saturday afternoon.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Andy

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Bobby Zamora only started scoring reguarly in the prem at about this age. I have been praying and praying that Shola has the same sort of thing! Time will tell if he has turned a corner or i am showing some blind faith in him. Regardless his hold up play is better than best and loven and he is a useful member of the squad. All hail king shola

  • geoff777

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Perhaps at 30 he’s best used as an impact sub.

    He’ll get injured less often and won’t disappear like he does if he starts.

    Great goal. Beautifully composed finish.

    Cheers Shola!!



    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Shola is king for a reason. Forever underrated and yet still ruined his body for the club reguardless imo

    I can not imagine a NUFC without a member of the Ameobi family in the squad

  • EmeraldCityToon

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #4

    If 40 is the new 30, maybe we could get Alan Shearer to lace it back up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #5

    totally agree was just about to post a similar blog myself

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #6

    This season theres no hiding that he has been utterly useless, probably the worse football hes played in his career.

    Yesterday he was outstanding, carried the ball, breezed past players, fought well against the centre halves and that finish on his weaker foot was sensational.

    I think he needed to be out of the team and other strikers scoring to give him a kick up the backside.

  • Andy

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Also lads people are saying they’d like ridgewell in. TBH even though it would only be for cover i would be totally underwhelmed by that signing. Am i alone in that? On the last day of the window i’d have accepted him however we have 3 months of scouting and planning to find players to fit the bill. Reading the telegraph today which said we have £25m to spend in jan. Where on earth did they pluck that sum from?


    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Ridgewell is decent and can cover well, would prefer others but tbh I will take what we can get because I dont believe we will be buying anyone in Jan if the portly gentleman can avoid it. Am more worried about what players will end up in the ‘out’ section

  • BigAl9

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Bent my knees and stretched my arms til my heart was content last night. Very bad head today, but Cheers Shola, superb finish.

  • colwell

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #10

    How come nothings been posted about Ba? He scored again and looks like one hell of a signing, pace,skill,hold up play goals what a player. If we had payed 10m it would have been a bargain.

    Just watched that video of HBA vs Spurs, you can just tell he is going to be awesome. Hopefully Oba will gain confidence with HBA playing and will try to do the things he is easily capable of doing.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #11

    @ colwell HBA looked well short of match practice – still needs sharpening up. But he’s going to hit his top form just when we need him ! We need to rotate some players and get Marveuax in too.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Marveaux… Sp

  • Andy

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #13

    I said earlier and will say it again after obertans somewhat invisible last 2 performances if marveaux doesn’t get in ahead of him when on earth will he!

  • colwell

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #14

    HBA did look off the pace but you can tell once his sharpness is back we have some player.

    Marveaux 100% should start next game along with HBA, Oba needs to be shown when you aren`t playing to your standard theres players ready to take your place. Lets face it with an attack of Marv,Hba,Jonas and Ba we should rip Wigan apart (hopefully)

  • colwell

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Also glad Santon came on for simmo, simmo will have to up his game to keep his place. With Santon and Raylor being able to play both LB and RB Simmo faces hard competition at last.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Tiote is our MOTM but Demba Ba is my 2nd on the list. BUT everyone is now talking about Shola?

    Yup i do admit i also celebrate during Shola’s goal but if u guys notice before the goal, even Spurs defenders didnt expect him to shot from there. All the spurs defender expect Shola to SLIP (which he use to do it the last 12 season! )

    Demba Ba and Best are still our main partnership. Shola as impact sub

  • G

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Shola’s goal yesterday was indeed a belter. A certain sheet metal worker’s son from Gosforth would have been proud of that one. Shola does have his critics, but he always seems to deliver, just when you need it most. Isn’t he just about our all time record scorer in European competition too? That still surprises me.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Shola had a brilliant cameo yesterday and scored a cracking goal. The only reason he has had so much stick off fans over the years at SJP is because he has never ever lived up fully to his potential.
    When he wants to be good he’s brilliant. When he can’t be bothered – he can be the worst performer on the planet.
    I’ve watched him when he played for the juniors – plenty of talent and skill but consistently lazy.
    He spends much of any game offside and for a bloke who’s around six foot three usually manages to jump three foot six.
    When he’s in the mood he’s unplayable – unfortunately it doesn’t happen all that often.
    He could have been brilliant but there again I could have been a steeplejack – if I wasn’t afraid of heights.

  • beddersmag

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #19

    In my opinion sholas the luckiest guy around being at the toon over a decade and constantly dissapointing. Performances like that just make it worse because he can actually do it when the mood takes him.Being sub might suit him as his slightly lethargic style might do better against tired legs. Fair play he was awesome with every touch but well be cursing him next week. What an enigma. Sammys the man though…

  • dazza

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #20

    The Geordie Roger Miller

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Brutoon and G – I fully agree. Shola is probably one if not the worst strikers in the EPL but he can SHOCK everyone with a wonder goal like that perhaps 2-3 times a season. He is no way a starter but a good impact sub to have when he’s in the mood, unfortunately he never is. Have you realized he only ever scores when his place is on the line. The most annoying and laziest players I have ever seen but yesterday he was all over the place winning everything. Long may it continue but sadly it won’t, impact sub at best. His younger brother is a much better and exciting footballer, Sammy will be a star someday. The great thing is the loyalty he’ll show us after the club treated Strolla and his family so well.

    We’re assembling an exciting, young team that will gel together this year and win something the next.

    The Future’s Bright,
    The future’s BLACK and WHITE!


  • wynsleap

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Agree with JP – helping to bring through Sammy may become Shola’s greatest achievement at this club.

  • BigAl9

    Oct 18, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #23

    wynsleap // Oct 17, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Agree with JP – helping to bring through Sammy may become Shola’s greatest achievement at this club.

    Wynsleap give ower man! Only Wor Jackie has scored more than him against the Mackems, he scored in the Nou Camp in the Champions League……give him a bit more respect than ‘being a big brother’ man.

  • shielsy_83

    Oct 18, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #24

    all credit to shola for his goal but i still think he’s like bamby on ice can’t sort his feet out most of the time and then once i blue moon comes up with summit special for me he’s an impact striker only use him when thing aint gan our way and bring him of the bench just to try and swing it.

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 18, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Wait a second lads,Wigan won’t be no easy walkover.
    Even though they have lost a lot,their last game they actually played great attacking football.
    Their defending however was atrocious,especially al caraz-schoolboy errors.
    Rodallega came on as a sub and was frightening,added loads of quality to their attack.
    We should however destroy them in the middle of the park.

  • magpiebop

    Oct 18, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Be good to get a trophy in the dusty old cabinet this season because next season we may have the distraction of Champions/Europa league football!

  • bills-son

    Oct 18, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Shola’s biggest problem has always been injuries which have meant he’s never had a long run in the team when he’s been 100% fit. On the odd occasion when he has been fit and had a 10 game run he’s always scored goals.

    Fans forget he was banging them in, including a hat trick, at the start of the Championship season until yet again he got injured. Thayt injury let Carroll in. He was also banging them in at the start of the season after Shearer retired but again after 7/8 games he was out for months.

    I can remember talking to Nolan a couple of years ago and he said Shola was the best striker by a mile at the club when he was fit. Every manager in his time at the club has also played him and spoke well of him. They can’t all be wrong.

    Shola is not a mega player but those who say he is $hite and the worst striker in the Prem haven’t got a clue about the game.


    Oct 18, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Tought it was a bad sub by pardew. But shola lookd younger, pacey, an dangerous. He was jst class

  • magpiebop

    Oct 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #29

    I think Shola really matured as a player and become a more important player since relegation!
    His performances at the start of our Championship season were outstanding and he was banging in the goals including a superb hat-trick, and on the whole has improved, his wonder goal against 5under1and last season and the last strike show great technique. Shola has always been a confidence player who needs to feel loved by his manager and the support. Accept this as the new Shola a good Premier League Player capable of making an impact. Not assured of a place in the team but well capable of fighting for a place in the team on form. 11 goals in 10 games is not a bad return for our strikers and the team is only starting to gel so can improve.

    I love all this competition for places and no one being assured of a starting place in the team. Our name is in the group of teams that are fighting it out at the top of the league and for the cups. The excitement is building and the lads need us to be United behind them who ever is on the pitch.


  • toonbrother

    Oct 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Maybe Pardew has found the right way to use Ameobi as an impact sub. But he is not good enough to start for NUFC. Far too inconsistent as a goal scorer and sloppy overall play. Demba Ba and Leon Best should continue as a start pair

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 18, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #31

    Bills-son , interesting comment about Shola from Nolan. I dont think we should get too revisionist about this though. I like Shola, but too many games pass him by, even when he is fit. Successive mananger may like him , but he hasnt really been a consistent scorer for any? Fair play to the guy though, under Roader he played when others wouldnt have bothered. A true geordie. It will be another feather in Pardews cap if he can get more goals from him.

  • ArtyH

    Oct 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Strolla is a bit like Marmite, you love him or you hate him. IMHO he has been a disapointment at the toon, but he was a star on Sunday. If you look at Shola now he looks like a well toned bodybuilder, he has an amazing physique but he needs to use it correctly. Could it be that even now he can live up to his true potential??? We’ve been saying that for years though……

  • Lee Dodd

    Oct 18, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #33

    That Left Foot Goal Was World Class !!! Shola Is Still A Crackin Player !!!

  • Brutooon

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #34

    My opinion is based on watching Shola week in week out for the last 11 seasons( or was it 12 seasons).

    – One minute he played like lionel messi and another minute he can’t even control the ball.

    – Always go down, even without any defenders tackling him!

    – Injuries (this one is not within our control)

    – Shola is a below average player. Its wise to play him as an impact sub because everytime we start him, he is shit!

    – One hell of a lazy player. You can see at Leon Best and even Demba Ba, they got “hunger” in searching for goal.


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