News today that the returning Shola Ameobi will captain Newcastle tonight in their first European group game in six seasons against Maritimo in Madeira, and of course the big striker has lots of experience of playing in Europe for Newcastle United.
Shola Ameobi – veteran striker will captain Newcastle tonight
Shola came through into the Newcastle first team when Bobby Robson was managing the club back in 2000, and Shola played in the Champions League for Newcastle in Bobby’s last two seasons as the Newcastle manager.
Shola has played in 41 games in total for Newcastle in European competition and has 12 goals, and we have to hope he can add to that tally tonight, after looking in good form in the last 10 minutes of the 2-2 at Goodison Park on Monday night, and setting up Demba Ba’s last minute equalizer.
The Nigerian-born striker turns 31 next month, and his younger brother, 20 year-old Sammy is also in the squad, and could well see some playing time tonight too.
This is what Shola had to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“We’ve got a lot of games this year and the manager’s said he’s going to use the whole squad – which I think he has to, because we’re not that big a squad anyway.”
“And I’ll be looking to hopefully get a few more minutes in some shape or form on Thursday and hopefully help us get our European adventure off to a good start.”
“Obviously it’s something I was used to year in, year out when I first came into the team.” “So it’s great to be back and hopefully we can just go out there, learn as we go along and progress as far as we can.”
Newcastle need a positive result tonight to offset the rather shocking news this morning about Demba Ba, and a win would be great, but we suppose a draw would be OK too, but as Alan Pardew said at the end of the press conference in Madeira yesterday:
“We always come to win – we are Newcastle United.”
One thing Alan Pardew has been very quick to do at Newcastle, is embrace Newcastle’s great history, and in truth he does try to go out and win every game, unlike some previous managers in the past, who will remain nameless.
Maybe that quote by Alan should be on some kind of banner. 😀
A win would be terrific tonight.
Howay The Lads!!
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