Shola Ameobi An Inspiration In Newcastle Dressing Room

There’s little doubt that Alan Pardew likes Shola Ameobi, and thinks he is a top professional at Newcastle.

Shola Ameobi – after scoring equalizer against Sunderland in injury time

And one thing we didn’t know until Alan Pardew arrived was that Shola is an inspiration in the dressing room.

And Alan Pardew has told the Sunday Sun today that the 30 year-old is the only player he has ever seen deliver an inspirational pre-match team talk,  without even swearing.

That’s some feat indeed!

And Alan thinks Shola should be starting more games for the side, given the good form he seems to be in, but he will again be on the bench at West Brom this afternoon, in a game that is being televised live around the world.

Alan Pardew thinks that the Nigerian-born Shola is an outstanding player, but over the years he’s also been one of the most frustrating players ever to wear the famous Newcastle shirt.

On one day he can look like a complete  world beater,  and in the next game he can do nothing right – with the emphasis on nothing.

This is what Alan Pardew said about his striker selection at the moment:

“In this team I’m picking right now he should play. And I’m the manager,” 

“But at the moment I’m trying to get Papiss Cisse some game time and I know that if he doesn’t start well or can’t pick up the pace, Shola’s on.”

We think Shola can still do a job for Newcastle,  and we need all the goals we can get in these last nine games of the season, and Newcastle could well end up in the highest position in the league since the great Sir Bobby Robson was manager.

But we cannot take anything for granted,  and it will be difficult to make 5th place, which is what Bobby achieved in the last of his five seasons on Tyneside.

But he got the sack because  5th place just wasn’t good enough for Freddy Shepherd, after we had finished in 4th and 3rd place in the two previous seasons, and qualified for the Champions League.

It says something that Newcastle have never finished as high as 5th position since Bobby Robson left in 2004.

What was Freddy Shepherd thinking when he sacked Bobby in August of 2004?

That’s a very good question.

13 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    He’ll be out with a hammy soon enough anyway.


    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I would keep using him in second halves as a sub and carry on starting with Ba and Cisse!

    I must say this though, a lot of the criticism that Shola has had over the years has been totally over the top and not deserved!

  • geoff777

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope this is Pardew trying to keep Ameobi happy on the bench.

    Ameobi is a fantastic super-sub, he’s perfect.
    Holds the ball up well. Can take time off the clock.
    Can cause CB lots of problems and is capable of scoring from nothing.

    But he never puts in a 90 minute shift.

    Pardew – You don’t start Shola!!!! Ever!!!!

  • cheick Norris

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    @newexpat he gets some disgusting treatment. fair enough he’s never been the best but some people go OTT.
    impact sub is definitely his role now.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Dressing room? I’d love it if he started being inspiring also on the pitch. Apart from the odd goals (typically v Sunderland) he’s the most frustrating player we’ve got.

    I can see him shipped out in the summer, Leon Best is younger, stronger, quicker and better.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I think I would gain as much satisfaction from a draw and a really good performance than another scrappy disjointed win,a good performance would put us in very good stead for the Liverpool game as opposed to another lucky win.

  • Wor Shearer

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s true, once everyone else has run around for 70mins, Shola’s not bad.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Shola himself knows is limitations and would be more than happy to warm the bench,er Harper anybody !

  • pbNcl

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Arise King Shola the mackem slayer


    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10


    I just can,t see him leaving at all and i would,nt want him to leave either.

    Its worth him staying just to see him bang a goal against the Scum every year! Plus add to that his last few appearances as a sub!! I want him to stay!

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Come on Ed thats 3 articles now on Ameobi.

    Shola is a canny lad and loyal to the cause but s the most frustrating to watch and a massive under achiever.

    He has had plenty of chances to establish himself as a starter in the team but is simply not consistent enough.

    Lets latch onto some exciting prospects for the future.

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    why would anyone want rid of him? he seems to set a good example as how to behave and train as a pro.

    And yes I know he isn’t amazing and he never seems to put in a full 90 mins but he accepts a spot on the bench and is a useful sub to have.

    And as for best….he may be younger but he is no better, he rarely puts in a great shift either and no where near lives up to expectations either.

  • bills-son

    Mar 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Not a chance we should be selling Shola, this guy shows all the foreign players what it means to wear the black and white shirt. Any fan who says he is a lazy so and so probably said the same about a similarly lanky striding player – Chru Waddle. And they are wrong on both counts.

    Shola is worth keeping just to bash the Mackems – and he was magnificent against ManU. Just ask Demba Ba.


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