With Papiss Cisse struggling just a little bit in trying to deal with the English language while also getting to grips with the Premier League, it could be that a certain Shola Ameobi will come to the fore in the last 10 games of the season.
Shola Ameobi – after scoring equalizer against Sunderland
Earlier this year Shola had made some sub appearances, and he was in that form that is so frustrating, when he seems to do nothing right.
But when he came on against Sunderland, the old enemy, he got the penalty and scored the dramatic equalizer in stoppage time, and Alan Pardew is saying he is banging the door down to play for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday, starting off talking about Papiss:
“If I think he needs a rest, I will take him out of the team because Shola Ameobi is banging the door down to play.”
“We have players on the cusp of really playing well and we have to just push them over the edge.” “I don’t think it settling in and dealing with the language has affected his ability.”
“I just think that maybe the role that he plays for us is slightly different to the one he’s played before – and when someone is asking you to do something a little bit different, it can knock you out of what you were doing well.”
“So I have to get the balance right with him, but of course I am not getting much feedback at the minute.” “He is finding his feet and he is not too sure about me and he does not know me – it is a relationship you have to build as you go along.
“I had the same with Demba. I think that there were three or four games earlier this season where Demba didn’t start. When you look at him now you say ‘why did he not he start all of those games?’
“You have to understand each other to get the best out of each other, and the language is an issue with Papiss.”
Shola will definitively play some part in tomorrow’s game against Norwich, and the Nigerian-born striker will be keen at to add to his two goals of this season.
It wouldn’t surprise us one little bit if Shola gets a goal tomorrow, and since it’s now three games since Demba Ba scored against Aston Villa, he’s due a goal too.
3 points tomorrow against Norwich is what we want to see, and things in the Newcastle garden will look a lot better tomorrow if we can accomplish that – that’s for sure.