There were reports yesterday that Alan Pardew had met with Shola Ameobi and talked about what his intentions were this summer.
Shola Ameobi – will Newcastle let him go?
A couple of months ago there were reports that Alan Pardew wanted Shola to sign a new deal at the club, once his current three year deal expired next summer, and his meeting could have been a follow-up to that, because Shola has been undecided about signing the new deal..
Shola has played so few times this year for Newcastle, and then when he did come on against West Brom after 69 minutes, he injured his knee with his first kick of the game – and is now out for the season.
The manager may be having second thoughts about keeping Shola, who has been at the club since he was 14 years old.
Certainly Newcastle need to take a hard look at each player after our last game tomorrow, and how they have performed this season, and decide whether he should stay or go.
And since Shola has one year left on his contract maybe Newcastle want to sell him this summer, so they get some money for him – if they have decided not to now offer him a new contract.
At the end of March Alan Pardew had this to say about his 31 year-old striker
“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.”
One of the problems Shola has always had, is that he keeps getting injured, and Newcastle cannot expect more than half a season out of him, because of the injuries he keeps picking up.
And there could be some surprises this summer about who Newcastle are willing to let go – and Shola could be one of them.
For the record, Shola has played 368 times for Newcastle with 76 goals.
What do you think?
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