Newcastle are a long way from signing Andy Carroll we know that, but some of the club’s thinking has to be how well they can use Andy, with Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba having arrived on Tyneside, since Andy left 18 months ago.
Demba Ba and his magic Strawberry Syrup
We see in some reports this morning, there is speculation that if Newcastle can get Andy back, they will let Demba Ba leave, and we suppose he could go to West Ham for that £7M release clause, but we don’t think that’s what Newcastle are thinking.
For one thing we hardly thinks Mike Ashley wants to lose one of his top men for so Little in terms of a transfer fee – that wouldn’t be a good deal for Newcastle.
The top two strikers at Newcastle are Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, and Alan Pardew has said many times he wants to keep Ba on Tyneside, and that he will play him up front in the middle next season, and not out on the left wing in a 4-3-3 formation.
If Andy Carroll comes back we think that will still be the same deal for Ba, with Andy probably the number three striker, and the player who will suffer the most at Newcastle if Andy returns, is 4th in line – Shola Ameobi.
It will be possible with all the games Newcastle have this season – assuming we qualify for the Europa League group stages – they will be able to use four top strikers – and that’s what the big clubs have, and it’s still possible to give all four strikers plenty of playing time.
Shola Ameobi is a wonderful professional and completely dedicated to Newcastle United, and even though some fans love to hate the 6″2″ striker, he comes across these days as the sage (old) man at Newcastle.
In his interviews he always seems to say the right things – what’s on fan’s minds – simply because he’s just like the rest of us – he’s a Newcastle supporter at heart.
Shola Ameobi – represents the heart of Newcastle United
So Shola could be the one to suffer, but don’t expect any complaints coming from the Nigerian -born striker – from what we’ve seen of Shola in the last year or so, he will end up in the coaching ranks at Newcastle, after his playing career is over.
And all he’ll want to do next season is the best he can, when he get the chance for the Magpies, and as we saw against both Sunderland and Tottenham last season at St. James’ Park, he can come on and do the job for his home town club, after scoring late equalizers in both those crucial games.
When Shola’s on form he’s great, and when he isn’t on form he looks terrible – but that’s Shola for you – love him or hate him.
We love the guy, because it’s players like Shola – who are huge in the dressing room as Alan Pardew continues to stress – that represent the heart of Newcastle United, and you cannot ask much more than that, from any player.