Ameobi’s wife went into labor last week, and Sola was withdrawn from the squad to travel to Manchester City, but now Shola is a new father and was there to see his child Noah born.
Shola Ameobi – likely to play tonight
So first of all congratulations to Shola and his wife.
It’s not surprising that the Nigerian born striker is ready to go tonight at the Estádio da Luz, and by our reckoning he will play his 50th time in Europe, and he has 15 goals compared to the great Alan Shearer’s 48 European appearances with 30 goals, so Alan has about twice the number of goals as Shola has in Europe.
This is what Alan Shearer told the press about Ameobi:
“It was another blow not to have him on Friday when his wife went into labor.” “He didn’t miss out through injury at Man City. He’s fit and well. I’m sure he’ll play a part.”
“I brought him away early so he could get another night’s sleep!” “You look at our team, and we’re not very experienced in Europe outside of Steven Taylor and Shola. I’m talking about for Newcastle.”
Shola just about divides Newcastle fans as far as how good he is, and he doesn’t always help himself by being so inconsistent – and one week he can be close to world-class and the next week the ball keeps bouncing off him and he cannot seem to do anything right.
But we’ve never under-estimated his ability to get vital goals when you least expect it – and he’s done that a few times against the old enemy Sunderland, and of course he was one of the heroes against Metalist Kharkiv in earning and converting the second half penalty that got us through to the round of the last 16.
So we expect the big man to get a run out tonight – and maybe he can get us that all important away goal?
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