Shola Ameobi is finding it difficult to get playing time at the moment in the Newcastle starting line up, after we brought in Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, and they are regular starters in the side.
Shola Ameobi – after scoring penalty against Metalist
Shola will be offered a new contract in the summer, and while he could leave Newcastle and get more playing time elsewhere – we think he’ll stay at Newcastle – where he made his debut back in 2000 under Bobby Robson.
Shola has made 29 appearances this season with four goals, and he had this to say today in the local press:
“We are building a team that is challenging in the Premier League. We’ve got players who have come in and proved to be vital to what we are trying to do here and who have contributed immensely.”
“They don’t see the recent past – it’s brand new for them – so hopefully that can work in our favor.” “We’ve come a long way – we’ve got our additions as well.” “Hopefully, we can go out there and give a performance and get a good result.”
“If we get a couple of wins together it shoots you right up the table.” “It’s not inconceivable that we can finish near a European spot if we maximise the points we have left.” “I know the manager and the players want to do that.”
“If we have a good run of form, who knows?” “The hardest thing to do is to defend a title – I’ve heard that said many times.” “They’re finding that out this season. As much as they’ll be hurting, they’re still wanting to secure that second spot.
“They’ll want to finish as high as they can, as are we.” “I’ve heard Mancini say they’re going to try and win every game. He’s a winner. He’s got that mentality.” “It’s always great to pit yourself against the best.”
“We’ll all have to raise our game and hopefully, we can match them.” “When they came up here, we matched them for long periods.” “Hopefully, we can go out there and give a performance and get a result.”
Unfortunately Newcastle are facing City when they have got some of their best players back, and captain Vincent Kompany and striker Sergio Aguero are now back from injury.
The bookies have Newcastle as 12/1 for a win tomorrow, and even in our poll only 17% think we’ll win and 56% think we’ll lose the game.
So it’s all set up for Newcastle to give their fans a pleasant surprise tomorrow, and take something out of this game.
That’s the best way to look at it.
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