Alan Pardew is hoping to have both Cheick Tiote and Shola Ameobi back for the trip to Everton in two weeks time, and if Shola is fit he could even start the game at Goodison Park, because we need more bite and energy up front.
Shola Ameobi – could play at Everton
Shola and his brother Sammy have been sidelined with hamstring injuries, but it looks like Alan Pardew thinks Shola should be ready for the game at Everton, where Newcastle need to put in a good performance and get something out of the game.
Pardew has not been happy with the form of either Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse this season, and although Demba Ba tried hard yesterday, the two of them didn’t look a good partnership together, and the Newcastle manager may have to split them up.
If Shola is fit he could start up front, and what’s wrong with using Hatem Ben Arfa as a second striker at the moment, or even bring young Adam Campbell in and give him a chance.
Whenever we watch 17 year-old Raheem Sterling at Liverpool, we think that Campbell could be doing the same thing for Newcastle right now, but perhaps it’s too early for him.
Alan Pardew talked to the local press today about Shola:
“Shola has a good chance and I am hoping Cheick has also.” “We have two weeks to get him right. That is what we hope to do, get him fit and strong.” “That was Cheick’s game against Villa and we missed him like nobody else.”
“There were a lot of midfielders there and he would have bashed a few of them up.” “That is what we needed to do.” “I don’t think Danny will make the Everton game.” “Vurnon Anita was brought here for his versatility and I thought he was terrific.”
“He went to right-back and was terrific. He grabbed it by the horns and looked comfortable all game.” “We still have Fergie and Sammy to come back.” “We have three right-backs here. How many right-backs do we need?”
“Swansea lost their left-back on Saturday and it is a bigger blow for them than us losing Ryan, with all due respect to Ryan.” “This is what big clubs are all about. We have to adapt.”
Why did Alan have to say that about Ryan Taylor?
The former Newcastle left-back target Neil Taylor will be out for the season after breaking his ankle in three places following a challenge from Sunderland’s Craig Gardner in Saturday’s 2-2 draw in South Wales.
It’s good that Cheick will not be traveling over the International break, and can properly prepare himself for the Everton game, and although Danny Simpson will not make the game, it will be good to have Shola back on board and perhaps young Shane Ferguson too.
Shane’s in the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming games, so he may even get a couple of games in for them, and as long as he’s not injured, that would give him some much needed match practice.
If Cheick is available we would expect him to be in the middle of the park at Everton, and Anita at right back, and Shola could be one of the two strikers up front - and that sounds like a decent side.
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