There are made-up stories and there are made-up stories, but the story published recently by Caughtoffside may be hard to beat – as they suggest that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to buy 30 year-old Shola Ameobi from Newcastle for around £2.5M.
Shola Ameobi scores late equalizer against Sunderland last season
Sam is well known for buying older stars, and that;’s just one reason that he wasn’t the right manager for Newcastle, after Mike Ashley bought the club, and of course Sam was appointed in May of 2007 by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.
Sam was sacked in early January, after a string of poor results, but it was presumably because of Sam’s negative tactics, that had him fired on Tyneside.
The news is that Norwich striker – 30 year old Grant Holt is too expensive and that Shola is Sam Allardyce’s next pick.
And his preference for older stars has again been illustrated last week, as Sam is trying to get former world-class Real Madrid midfielder Guti, who is now 35, to Upton Park.
Guti was a great player, and played 542 times with 77 goals for the Spanish giants, but at 35 he’s past it, and we wonder what the wages West Ham will be paying for him?
It sounds a bit like what Freddy Shepherd used to do at Newcastle, bring in big names who were over the hill, but pay them huge wages, which is maybe why Freddy hired big Sam in the first place.
Where’s the future in those kind of transfer dealings?
Back to Shola, who doesn’t get too much playing time at Newcastle these days, but he is very important player to manager Alan Pardew.
And of course he can come on and score some vital goals, like he did last season, scoring a brilliant late equalizer against Spurs at St. James’ Park, and then the very late equalizer against Sunderland – again at St. James’ Park.
And a key statistic that Shola has is that he has a good habit of scoring good goals against the enemy, Sunderland, with 7 goals in just 12 appearances.
Shola has his critics on Tyneside, but manager Alan Pardew has made it clear to everybody who will listen, that Shola is a first class professional, and a major influence in the dressing room.
And as we saw last season he can make quite an impact when he is brought on in the second half of games.
Shola Ameobi is going nowhere, and we also expect Shola to become a Newcastle coach, after his playing career is over on Tyneside.
What do you think?