It will be very difficult for Shola Ameobi to get too many starts for Newcastle when Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are both fit.
Shola Ameobi – willing to fight for his place
Shola signed a new contract last year, and it now has two years to run through this summer, but we wonder if this will be his last contract at Newcastle.
Shola hasn’t looked good in the last few games he has played for the side, and so far he has only one goal this season, and as usual his form has been erratic this season.
Of course the local lad usually comes alive in the Sunderland derby games, and he’ll get a chance in that game at St. James’ Park on March 4th, and maybe he can get a goal in that game – he certainly likes scoring against Sunderland.
His only goal this season was against Spurs at home, when he put in that late equalizer to tie the scores at 2-2, and it was an excellent finish.
Shola was speaking yesterday at Walker Central FC, which is to start construction of their new all-weather pitch:
“I wouldn’t have signed a contract at the start of the season if I wasn’t going to be happy with fighting for a place,”
“I know the manager wants competition for places and I understood that when I signed my contract, it can only be good for us and for the manager that players are fighting for places.”
“You have to up your game and be at your best to get in the team and that can only bode well for Newcastle.” “It’s great to have a guy of Cisse’s quality and obviously we hope he can improve on what he did against Aston Villa.”
“We’re in sixth position and I know a lot of people wouldn’t have put us in that place at this stage, but there’s a lot of hard work and effort gone in to what we’ve done this year. We’ve got to be focused and keep our heads level.”
“You need a big squad if you’re going to challenge the top four or five.” “Look at the likes of Man United and Man City and the players they have on the bench, it’s a long season and the manager knows that.”
“He’s trying to build a squad in his own way and feels can do the best it can and fight for places and to finish as high up as we can.” “He understands we need a big squad to challenge, not just in the league, but in the cups and hopefully in Europe over the coming seasons.
“He’s doing his job, he knows there’s always need for improvement and hopefully with the players he’s added and those he will add we can do that.” “At the start of the year we had our objectives as a team and those are exactly the same now regardless of where we are at.”
“We know as a club and a squad we want to finish as high as possible, as long as we give everything we have on a Saturday afternoon.” “You deserve where you finish and we know that. It’s great at the moment, but there’s a long way to go. There’s a lot of good teams behind us so we just have to focus on the next few games and see where it takes us.”
“This year, there’s a togetherness and there has been for the last couple of years.” “Everyone is pulling in the same direction and you need that in any successful team and that’s what we’ve got.” “Once you add the quality you’ll win games. “
“It’s great to be a part of, it’s exciting times for Newcastle so hopefully we can keep our heads and keep focused until the end of the season.”
Newcastle are still 6th in the league, even after the 5-0 hammering at Spurs, but that’s over now and the main thing is for Newcastle to get back on track in our next game, which is now 9 days away against Wolves at home.
This weekend are the FA Cup games of the 5th round, and of course we were knocked out at Brighton this season, and so we don’t have a game.
And we should have three good players back for the next game against 3rd bottom Wolves – Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor, and a win in that game will see us at most one point out of 4th place, where we are at the moment.
And all the criticism over the last few days is probably over the top, because who would have thought we’d be just one point out of a European Champions position after 25 games played in the league?
No too many.
Shola has played in the Newcastle first team since he was 18, when Bobby Robson gave him his debut, and he has 322 total appearances with 71 goals and 29 assists for the Magpies, and it would be good to see some more goals from the 30 year-old this season.