Alan Pardew Wants Sriker To Stay At Newcastle


When Alan Pardew first arrived at Newcastle,  he was impressed with Shola Ameobi in training, and he made sure that in his first summer at the club,   Shola got a three year extension to his contract at the club.

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Shola Ameobi – expected to sign new deal at Newcastle

That was in the summer of 2011, and the deal will expire in fifteen months, and there’s some news today in the Evening Chronicle that Shola will be offered another contract extension this summer – if he wants it.

The 31-year-old has not had a lot of playing time this season, and he’s mentioned that a few times in his interviews, and Newcastle will almost certainly be bringing in another striker in the summer to further augment the squad, and finally replace Demba Ba.

Shola has always been controversial with the Newcastle fans because of his inconsistent play – one week he can look like a world-class striker, the next week he looks hopeless.

But he’s a good and experienced player, and that was pointed out by the manager when he picked up his first cap for his country of  birth – Nigeria – last year.

And he also has only half a season playing at most eaxh year, because of his poor injury record, especially problems with his hamstrings.

Since making his debut in 2000 under Bobby Robson, Shola has appeared for Newcastle 368 times and scored 76 goals, and he’s very experienced in Europe, having appeared 49 times with 15 goals.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today about Shola’s contract situation:

“He’s still got another year here with us.” “And I don’t see a problem extending that. We’ll see.” “I think the bottom line with Shola will be how long he wants to stay at one club, because he’s been here all his career.” “I hope he wants to stay, but that’ll be his decision.”

We’d be very surprised if Shola wants to leave Newcastle, although he may not pick up many appearances on Tyneside, and he will not be a starter at the club.

But the lad is always a positive influence, and very influential in the dressing room,  and he along with Steven Taylor are the only two local lads who are long-term players for Newcastle, having come through our Youth Academy.

Shola can still do the job when he’s required to, and he seems to be a good impact sub late in games, and he has proved he can score crucial goals – especially against Sunderland.

So we’d be very surprised if Shola does not sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle say another two or three years past his current contract.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Before read that “fantastic” news I was constipated… now I’m not.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Very on and off but gives his all.
    Some great goals against a certain club 🙂
    Top professional but scathed by injuries,give home a new contract but of course he mightn’t want to warm the bench.
    His brother is a lot livelier and hopefully he will come good after his loan spell.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s rubbish. Get rid and use his salary to get some young blood in. His injury problems will only worsen as he gets older.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Shola has really been poor this season so based on performances I cannot see us offering him a new contract anytime soon!

    …he is 31 and have 15 months left so there is really no rush is there?

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Stephen Fletcher got injured last night for Scotland and its not nice to see a player get injured but that could be very costly for the little club up the road

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper
    That’s true enough that when his contract is up he’ll be almost 33 and that just might be him finished,unless they give him a one year rolling contract or whatever it’s called.
    Maybe a pay as you play type of contract.
    He’s the type of player that needs a quick striker beside him and he’s been by often up top alone when played in our colours
    That just doesn’t work so well as we don’t get our players up the field quick enough

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  • IITianToon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    @marty was it serious? Wouldnt it just suck if it was our boy Danny Graham who keeps them up 🙁

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Tiantoon
    Not sure how serious but he won’t make the next Scotland game and is being sent to his club for rehab so could be a few games.
    Danny graham?Not sure if he’ll do the job there,he’s not really firing on all cylinders as I think he’s not used to the smog there 😉

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    bad news

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  • Roger

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    For me it is bad to read what some fans are writing.
    Shola is a good player and he is not to old.
    Other players are older and play year for year.
    See Ryan Gibbs from Manchester United. And
    for example Gibbs is not playing every game.
    Why Shola can not get a new contract?
    I`m ashamed about people who want him send off.

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  • IITianToon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Shola has become even more frustrating than last year.. these days it seems all he does is foul people.. and then give the ref a look.. 🙁

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  • IITianToon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    @Roger You cant compare Giggs and Shola mate; unless we refer to the Tyne-Wear derby game where Shola’s performance takes Mess+Ronaldoesque proportions..

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Roger,
    I guess your talking about Giggs and not one of the Bee Gee brothers 🙂
    Giggs and Shola are two very different players,Giggs has constantly over 20 years played outstanding football and oozes talent,Shola has been a bit part player with injuries all his career and there’s a huge gap in skill levels there.
    Also there’s a difference between playing up front and in a five man midfield

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  • Trent Toon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    I would be sad if he left. Shola has always been here with Newcastle since I was a young lad. Im now 21 yo and that means I was 8 when he made his debut. The partnerhip of shearer and shola was what newcastle always was as I remember it… Very disappointing people badmouthing him. He has been a servant to the club – there through thick and thin.

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  • Graeme

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Yep, no doubt about it, Shola is a lovely bloke and has enjoyed a very long career at SLP on the back of it. He has achieved nothing,

    He is employed as a Striker and, if that is the context in which he is judged, he would have been shipped out years ago.

    Get over the sentiment, get him out and use the money he is paid towards a player who can actually deliver what he is paid for. Harsh, but reality.

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  • Trent Toon

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Watch this and tell me again if you think he is rubbish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXjtgHTPNPQ

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  • reccerobbo

    Mar 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    He has another season in him at best
    He can’t cut it at the top now never mind in 1-2 years time. He has been a loyal servant to the club and scored some important goals but not on a consistent level.
    His best goal of late he scored was the winner at home to QPR

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I have to agree with the point Graeme is making.

    Shola is a great lad, but we have no room for sentiment. We have been short of strikers for I don’t know how long and Shola only have half a season in him at best.

    I probably won’t ship him out, but I wouldn’t give him a new contract either.

    You could argue that money would be better spend on charity 🙂 lol

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  • arctoa

    Mar 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m not sure that offering him a new contract is a great idea, but it’s also not a good idea to ship him out either. It seems a number of people don’t take into account the influence a player can have off the pitch, and Shola is certainly has a positive effect on the rest of the squad. We’ll miss Harper when he goes, even though he’s barely played a game for two years.

    I don’t even think Shola would want to go anywhere else. He was hopeless when he went out on loan to Stoke in the Championship a few years back.

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  • croftus5678

    Mar 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    if he signs again ofc he will get all my support but imo the last few years he’s playing well 1 out of 3 games (this bearing in mind he’s an avg striker.

    even in injury he would not temp my mind to being a first teamer as i would consider cambell before him but i do see why pards would want to keep him as if you look at all of our strikers and our target strikers that there is no big/strong one at the club and that could have its benefits against some teams.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    i think this is one of pardews carrot dangling motivational technique’s to make him play and train better/harder.

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  • toonluvva

    Mar 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #22

    I suspect we are offering Stroller a new contract just so that we can keep an eye on Sammi to see how he turns out.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Is it April Fools already!??? Another contract extension you must be having a laugh!

    What’s his goal-to-games ratio or better yet let’s see how many shots he has had in his career and how many were actually on target.

    The most expensive and most fortunate cheerleader of the century!

    When will I finally see this ‘footballer’ hang u his boots? It seems like never!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Putting it another way- I’d rather have Carroll ‘ Judas’ back than Strolla signing ANOTHER extension!! And I hate Judas for what he did to us!

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