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.
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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