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Shola Ameobi Maturing Like Good Wine – Bordeaux Wine

9:55 am, Saturday, October 6th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Newcastle could be facing Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie tomorrow afternoon, and those are the strikers Alex Ferguson is likely to select for the game at St. James’ Park, and of course in the same fixture last season we tore the Red Devils apart 3-0, and both Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi had good games for Newcastle in that game back in early January – about a month before Papiss Cisse arrived on the scene.

Shola Ameobi scoring on Thursday night against Bordeaux

Those are the three strikers Newcastle have available for tomorrow’s game, and we have to admit that Shola Ameobi has looked in good form when he has played for the first team this season, and he got his first goal on Thursday night in the excellent 3-0 win against Bordeaux.

Alan Pardew talked about the strikers that will be involved in tomorrow’s game, which has a 4:00 pm kick off time:

“The emphasis on will be on the attacking players.” “Manchester United would want to be stronger defensively than they are at the moment. Sir Alex’s options have been taken away though injury – but so have ours.”

“Losing Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic is a blow but so is losing Fabricio Coloccini, Krul and Steven Taylor for us. We feel we can exploit their defensive weaknesses and they will feel they can exploit ours.”

“All our strikers have scored this week – Shola has scored, Demba has scored, Papiss has scored and, if I’m honest, Shola is playing at the same level as the other two.” “He’s in contention to start against Manchester United.”

“That’s great news because it breeds competition. Our fans now realise how important Shola is to us whereas I think in the past they didn’t. He’s improving as he gets older. He’s maturing like a good wine.”

“Both our clubs have great strike forces with world-class players,” he said. “But Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres works brilliantly at Chelsea.” “The venue and the passion from the fans plays a part – you can’t ignore that.”

“It’s an easy cliche to use for a manager – they are our 12th man – but it does play a part. Trust me. When I go to Old Trafford it’s daunting for the opposition. It’s the same with the Etihad, the Emirates and our place.

“At ours there’s probably a bit more electricity about it purely because of the way the city is – it’s football mad. That’s reflected in the team’s performances.” “I think this game will be close but the first goal won’t decide it – the last one will and I hope it’ll be ours.”

We’ve never really seen the Demba Ba – Papiss Cisse partnership click yet, and we think Shola playing with either one of the Senegal strikers up front would make a decent partnership, because Shola plays and assists the other striker, and uses all his vast experience these days.

And Shola’s knock-ons often create chances – and that’s exactly what he did for Demba Ba in early January when he headed the ball on and Demba Ba ran onto it and smashed the ball into the back of the net.

We haven’t seen that kind of combination for the two Senegal lads, not yet anyway.

So we wouldn’t be too surprised if Shola gets the nod up front tomorrow, alongside Demba Ba – who is the in-form striker at the moment with 6 goals to his credit in seven appearances for Newcastle.

And at the moment Demba Ba is top of the list of Premier League goalscorers, one above Robin van Persie, and it could be that Alan Pardew will start in a 4-3-3 formation, with Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Shola the three men up front.

Whatever formation Newcastle start tomorrow, you can bet we will attack Manchester United from the start, and try to take advantage of what’s looked like a rather dodgy defense so far this season.

What do you think?

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Tags: Coaching · Demba Ba · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Shola Ameobi

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AMEOBI // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Wow Ed congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary, can’t believe you keep the posts coming through these times.
    You are just quality

  • 2 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Go on Demba lad, had no idea he was leading goal scorer. Anyone reckon him or cisse could pull it off and score the most in the league?

  • 3 eaststandgeordie1982 // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    That would be cisse ed that wine is playing tricks on your eyes :-)

  • 4 hotdog // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Repost – Good morning Ibiza. Lovely sunny day in Newcastle, just that blast of cold air when you open the door ffs
    We are lucky to have harps, what’s the score with krul? Could be serious if he has damaged his elbow.

  • 5 Super Magpie // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    4:00PM K.O. :(
    Really hate late K.O. on a Sunday.

    This could be a good game and hopefully we’ll come out on top.
    Rooney always plays well against us, and so does Van Persie so our defence needs to be at its best tomorrow.

    I think we should play 4-3-3. On Thursday it showed how much better we play in a 4-3-3 instead of a 4-4-2. Plus it will fill us with confidence if we go into the break with a win. And with Krul and Saylor hopefully coming back for the scum things would be looking good.

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Another re-post then…

    Hot doggy dog….

    Good morning hotdog. Glad to hear it, I don’t mind sharing the weather with you occasionally.

    Very lucky to have harps. No idea on Krul tbh. Havn’t been as worried about his return date, would rather he fully recovered, no need to rush – didn’t think I’d be saying that a few weeks ago.

  • 7 OTP // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Could be a good idea to start Shola tbh. United are very weak in the air, only winning 47% of aerial duels. Another thing I’ve seen is that 76% of their shots occur from the central areas, so crowding the midfield with Cabaye, Tiote and Gutierrez would help negate that. I’m quite positive for tomorrow! :)

  • 8 Magpies-till-d3ath // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Hope we play 4312 with cabs, tiote and guti in midfield and Benny just in front. Ba and Cisse WILL click eventually!:)

  • 9 Fostino // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    1st team – based on form

    santon taylor colo fergusion

    ben afra tiote cabaye jonas

    ba cisse

    (subs of ameobi, bigi & obertan coming on)

  • 10 hotdog // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    OTP- the new statto :-)

    Ibiza- we should give it half an hour before posting as ed normally bangs loads of articles out first thing. Must be his coffee hit haha

  • 11 Fostino // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    good to see fergusion stalking a claim with perch, ameobi & to a degree, obertan

    what about gosling, anita, sammy, tav & marv putting their hands up…cmon lads??

  • 12 Fostino // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    not to mention the disappointing vuckic this year…when is he going to have a good game in a premier league shirt?

  • 13 hotdog // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Fostino – Jonas should be out on current form but yeah I think he will play

  • 14 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Just as being relegated has proven to be a good thing for the club, so it has as well for Shola. He led the line and scored a lot of goals that season in the fizzy pop and the experience and confidence he gained has continued in the top flight. Added to that he has really fleshed out physically to a point where defenders must rue the prospect playing against him particularly if he’s coming on against tiring legs and best of all, he slays Mackems for fun.- splendid fellow.

  • 15 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    I don’t really care what formation we play tomorrow. Just want to see the lads give it a go, as they seemed to do Thursday. Should be a good game.

    Hotdog……True. Should you not be taking advantage of Sun in October? Don’t take it for granted, it might be the last time you see it until next spring. People of Newcastle, get outside!

  • 16 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I feel another Van Persie injury time winner or equalizer coming on!

    I hope it does,nt happen but we will need to make sure we are two or three in front by the last 20 minutes of the game to combat that!

    This could go either way! On the one side we are buoyed by the 3-0 against Bordaux but on the other they are still smarting from their loss to the Spuds last week!

    Love us to beat them but realistically, will be suprised if we do!

    HWTL !

  • 17 BiffBaffBoff // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I think Gosling is just going to turn into another Guthrie, decent, got potential but not really utilizing all of it. Needs to move on if he wants first team football

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Be fair mate sammy only just came back from injury last week mate! Hard to stake a claim when you’ve been injured all season
    Tav has played a couple of really hood games for us but looked a bit lost vs the greek mob
    Anita for me looks to be settling but cant be easy with a new born and being played in a different position up to 3 times per game!!! The poor lad gets moved around more than an ASBO family

  • 19 WWYCD // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Spied u were on and I have a bone to pick how come I made the wall of the fallen originally then was heartlessly dropped? Cheeky get

  • 20 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Oh and by the way! Its raing heavily here in Holland this morning!

  • 21 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Jawball….Do you think he introduces himself as “Shola, Mackem Slayer”? He is providing much more for the team these days. I suppose expectation and pressure on him has changed. No one is waiting and expecting for the turnaround or for him to be sold etc. He has found his role at the club and is doing great in it as far as I am concerned.

    Fostino…Who have they been stalking? Is it a new team building exercise?

  • 22 Fostino // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM


    i think jonas does so much in the defence..its phenominal. however, they say attack is the best form of defence so maybe he should get the chop for fergusion or obertan. ….its strange…whos more of a lb…fergusion or jonas??

  • 23 hotdog // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Fostino. I would give guti another chance tomorrow as agreed we will need his defensive qualities and hope hatem cabaye and the strikers do their stuff

    Ibiza – I’m taking your advice and off down the beach.

    Enjoy your day fellas

  • 24 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Howard Webb refereeing?!? We stand no chance. I hear Alan Pardew is already appealing the 4 red cards were gonna get :)

  • 25 Lynxie // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Greetings all from a very warm and sunny Bilbao. Really looking forward to tomorrows game, feel we can really get at Manures wobbly defence. And just like last year, Tiote and Cabaye will pass Scholes and company to death.
    Would love to see us go for the jugular straight from the start. attack the full backs, crosses in. Cisse Ba or Shola it doesnt really matter. Great crosses fired in, will turn the central defenders around and create havoc. HWTL!

  • 26 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Gos was wise to leave Everton though, cos he’d be having the same problems their on half the money, I suspect. Definitely worth his place in the squad though in my opinion and still has time to improve, but can’t see him winning a regular place and likely to move on.

  • 27 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Hotdog….Enjoy good sir.

    Lynxie….I get the feeling it will be an attacking game. Both managers know the oppositions weakness is defense. I hope both don’t line up super defensive, it could be boring as hell thinking about it. Come on Pardew, prove your manager of the year status.

    Conaldo…When did you become so cynical? Oh, 4 reds, sorry, thought you had said 6. 4 is quite optimistic….good lad.

  • 28 craigTnufc // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Isn’t that Cisse scoring.

  • 29 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I think if we go with Willo and Perch, Pards will take the game to them from the off to try and gain the ascendency and hold onto it. Salt of the earth those two lads but they aren’t the same class as that Man U front line. So send em out to get amongst them Pards, I’m confident he will.

  • 30 bills-son // Oct 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    This thread is about Shola and I’m surprised there are so few comments on Ed’s post. Shola has been influential in every pre-season and Europa game he’s played in and has looked a real threat. I wouldn’t mind betting that Ba especially would far prefer Shola alongside him than Cisse. Ba and Cisse are very similar and neither poses the physical threat that Shola does. I still think one of the key factors this season on where we finish will be how Pards sorts out the Ba and Cisse situation. The facts up to now are that playing both doesn’t work in either a 433 or 442.

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