We noticed this year that Shola Ameobi got very little playing time under Alan Pardew, even though we were short of strikers and didn’t replace Demba Ba in January, after he joined Chelsea.
Shola Ameobi – could ask for a transfer this summer
Shola signed a three year contract just after Alan Pardew arrived two years ago, and it runs out next summer.
Newcastle have apparently already offered the local lad an extension to that deal, but it seems he is mulling over his options.
Alan Pardew had met with Shola last week to ask him what his intentions were, and it seems ironic if Shola decides he wants to move on, when the Newcastle manager is trying to bring players with Premier League experience into the club this summer.
Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi were the only two recognised strikers at the club after Demba Ba left, although Yoan Gouffran can play there, and we have 18 year-old Adam Campbell quickly coming through the ranks.
If Ameobi does ask for a move with 12 months remaining on his contract, we think Newcastle would be willing to let the local striker leave, and we’ll have to bring in yet another striker.
Shola also has a poor record with injuries, and when he was introduced in the second half at West Brom he injured his knee, and was out for the season.
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