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Does This Striker Have A Future At Newcastle?

9:52 am, Saturday, July 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

Shola Ameobi was not used much at all this year by Alan Pardew, even though he was fit and ready to play and we were short of striker after Demba Ba left,  but when Shola did finally make a substitute appearance at West Brom, he injured himself with almost his first kick of the game, and that just about sums up Shola’s frustrating time with injures, in his thirteen years as a first team player at Newcastle.,

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Shola Ameobi – future doesn’t look bright on Tyneside

We didn’t see Shola again last season, and although he played 35 times in all competitions with four goals,  he didn’t play much t at all his year, and most of his appearances were as a second half sub.

And there were rumors that Shola may try to leave his home town club this summer,  to get first team football elsewhere, and that could still happen before September rolls around.

But with one year left on his contract he becomes a free agent next summer, and he could get himself fixed up for a couple of seasons at another club – if he wants to do that.

Ameobi was withdrawn from Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations squad in January by Alan Pardew, because we were so short of strikers after Demba Ba was sold, but  recently he has made himself available to the Nigerian side again.

Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi had this to say to the BBC.

“He’s been dealing with this for a while and I’m happy it (the alleged clause in his contract) has been removed,” “Just as we were giving up on him, he called to give us the good news.”

“I’ve always admired Ameobi’s wealth of experience and I respect his personality – for him to make himself available is fantastic,” “I would love to have all my strikers available and Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe are all fantastic players.”

“When we start selecting the squad to face Malawi (in September’s World Cup qualifier), to have someone like Ameobi available is excellent for us.”

Brown Ideye is a player we have been linked with this summer, and the 24 year-old plays at Dynamo Kiev, and he also wants to join Newcastle.

The fact that Pardew has allowed Ameobi to play International football, means that he is not high in the pecking order of strikers at the club.

And if we can get a couple of strikers in this summer, he could behind those two and also Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran and even 18 year-old Adam Campbell, who will be a fully fledged member of the first team squad next season, and will get a lot more games than the five appearances he made last season.

Shola’s played 368 times for Newcastle with 76 goals, since Bobby Robson give him his debt back in September 2000, in a home game against Chelsea.

We think the future doesn’t look too bright for Shola Ameobi at Newcastle – what do you think?

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Tags: Contracts · Newcastle News · Shola Ameobi · Transfer News and Rumours

53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 valle // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Signing Bent would be a step back to the earlier days where we bought former top players because the current manager thought they could save his bacon the current season on account of former glories… And he is AP’s signing btw, not Carr’s as most of us will know.

  • 2 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Hope shola leaves I am sick of this guy

  • 3 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    His legs are gone

  • 4 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM


    How many clubs have been promoted then within 3 seasons are considered major contenders for a 6th place position when the opposition is at the level it is?

    I was thinking about this earlier, can’t be many clubs that strengthen in the right way over 3 seasons to become major contenders surely?

  • 5 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM


    Depends on the player of value mate

  • 6 toon kk // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I agree but apparently we want more experience and Bent fits that profile, his price is in our budget and with JK being old school he’ll fit nicely in.

  • 7 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Shola should not have a future as a player at Newcastle he could maybe wash the jerseys and socks…..

    Its so annoying last season Campbell should have been tried up front rather than bring on Shola who was terrible in most of the games he played the only thing he done that was good was the goal against QPR and the assist for Cisse against Benfica that is not enough for a whole season

    If we can upgrade even just Shola and Jonas I think we would do a lot better as they are the 2 players where our moves break down as they cant do anything with the ball or fall over when they get it !!

    Siem De Jong would be best player we could get to play up front as a second striker as he is quite a strong character and would demand on the pitch that we did not hoof it as he would want the ball to go through him all the time

    In fact now we have got rid of Simpson and possibly Williamson the only 2 players we have who just launch it aimlessly are Tiote and Krul if we can get that knocked out of their game we may actually play it on the deck for the whole 90 minutes!! How good would that be??!

  • 8 Beattie25 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I am sick to the fcuking teeth of oblivious fans faking knowledge to emphasise their points.

    Newcastle were not a newly promoted club in the normal sense of the word!

    Its not as if we were floundering in the bottom leagues for decades, were promoted and suddenly against all odds became a decent PL team.

    When we were relegated we maintained a PL wage structure, we had full internationals in the team and we breezed through the league.

    This isn’t a rags to riches story you short sited manipulative retard. This was a massive PL team relegated, promoted instantly and has now finding a foothold in mid-table despite having a top 10 team in terms of ability.

    Bye bye now thanks for coming

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM


  • 10 AaranD // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    Yeah that’s true not many at all. We have been at least a Top 10 side the past 3 years, we dominated the Championship with ease. Our buys have been very very good and we’ve over achieved and got Europa and then underachieved. We aren’t major contenders for 6th, we may be contenders if we have a a brilliant season but major ones nope. We need consistency right from the team sheet to league position. 10 – 7 is a very realistic target for us next year.

  • 11 Tommyy // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Sean – Answering as a general question I don’t think there has been one? They’re usually much smaller clubs, Swansea have come closest.

    In regard to Newcastle, it’s pretty irrelevant as our club size and stature is of one the largest and we came straight back up without too many changes, therefore we were actually in a better position to perform than we had been the 2 seasons before we went down.

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Good luck where ever you go shola
    Top lad just not that greater footballer!

    Didn’t realise his international team mate was anichibe, know that lad is a powerhouse! Be a great player to have as an impact sub

    Better than Darren the merc Bent who hasn’t played regular football for over 2 seasons, either through injury or being deemed simply not good enough by a club in a fierce relegation battle, not only not good enough to start but actually omitted from the matchday squad on regular occasions!!

    Darren bent is not a proven top flight scorer, he was 3 years ago, now he’s simply a washed up injury prone no body looking for a last pay day and some people saying oh well he’s better than shola shows they share the same ambition as our owner!
    Merely happy to swap like for like never really improving just ticking along!

    0 mins ago
    If Alderweireld is available for €8 mil then we should be in for him
    Pards said our defence is good enough? How? Worst defence in the country last season!!! Shocking
    What happens if/when colo/MYM pick up an injury?
    Our cover is Taylor or willo, neither for me our good enough for 3rd choice mainly because there not good enough to push the starting 11, they are simply not competition at all get shot of one of them and replace him with Alderweireld

    Alderweireld will push for the first team and will challenge and who knows maybe even dislodge MYM or colo
    The lack of competition for places at this club is shocking and the reason our lads seem undroppable

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I have said for a long time that alot of charity organisations must be fuming if they knew how much we pay Ameobi each week to either sit on the bench or to be injured for better part of a season!

    …just imagine what that money could do for the needed?

    I would expect us to move him out this season – maybe we could get £1.5M for him. I expect us to move out Willo and Obertan as well, but since we are making absolutely no noices in the transfer markes maybe we are just too little too late once again!

  • 14 Tommyy // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Haha what Beattie said, however he put it slightly more directly.

  • 15 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    Well said

  • 16 Fostino // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    the strikers department is the hot topic right now. lets break it down:

    shola is past it, he would be a force in the championship but is too injury prone

    campbell needs a loan spell in the championship..personally from the few appearances last year, he has much to do

    gouffran – came for a handy price but is hardly spectacular..he a useful squad player none the less and did contribute probably the most along with mapou out of the 5 winter signings. i taught he was immense against spurs until he came off injured

    cisse – a scorer of beautiful goals..he sure knows how to miss them but a great goalscore if given the chance. i dont think sissoko as a no.10 complimented him very well

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM


    If there fuming at what we pay shola they will be raging when we pay bent twice the amount to do the same

  • 18 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM


    Lmao calm down and sheath the keyboard ey?

    In what way did we have internationals in the squad? I only really remember Colo who had 2 caps if I recall. Faking knowledge?

    The thing is, every first team player we have now is an acquisition since we came up with the exceptions of tayls, Colo and krul.

    Nice try though and I really enjoyed the bye bye comment at the end keep up the good work.

  • 19 Bearsize // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I am so happy shola might be leaving. He is toilet, actually he is the poo in the toilet, actually he is everybodys poo! Just leave please! New challenge awaits. I bet whoever he signs for he will be on the bench in no time at all. If he played for gateshead he wouldnt even get in their team. Thanks for the 10 pens and 70 lucky goals you scored for us. Take care

  • 20 AaranD // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Though I would love a top striker creativity is our problem! We rely solely on Cabs pulling all the strings and the odd HBA wonder run/goal.

    Cabs is a xavi type player but with more bite and plays deep. And HBA though spectacular when he turns it on is to hit and miss. If we could mix HBA and Cabs and put him in CAM position they would be amazing 😀

    Bent would probably do a job for us but for the money and wages it would cost I would much rather we spend on goal scoring creative players than waste money on a bit part striker.

  • 21 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Jazzy repost
    Bang on there boy,that’s who I want here more than any other.150 games,50 goals & 33 assists.I know that doubters will say he’s not proven in the PL but that goes for just about every player that’s been mentioned excluding Bent.As for our defence being pretty strong ,it would be a whole lot stronger if HE got Tiote sorted out,the man doe’s more pirouettes than the royal ballett company .He should do what he’s good at,just win it & give it…. quickly. One of our problems last season was we put ourselves on the back foot.Time after time we dithered & dallied,4/5 touches then wacked it up field, possesion lost. From the back short & sharp to Cabaye /Marvo or the like,early balls forward,give the front player/players a chance of getting to the ball without waiting & waiting until they are offside.The ball travels quicker than the player & always make room for yourself, first lesson from schooldays & that still goes today.

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  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    tads…I will be fuming when or if we sign Bent!

    Every year the vote for the best and worse signing of the season and I am sure Bent won’t make the best signing category 😉

    What an awful buy that is going to be (but maybe it could be the end of Joke as well 🙂 )

  • 23 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM


    With regards of 6th place I say that in regards to the odds on sky bet, goes Everton then us.

  • 24 09nufc09 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Shola has been rubbish for the majority of his time at newcastle. hes lazy, has a rubbish touch and is always injured. We have tried and failed to give him away but not even championship clubs were stupid enough to take him on.
    We have needed a striker who can hold the ball up/ bully defenders since carroll left, demba ba wasnt that kind of striker and neither is cisse. Bent is exactly the same player as cisse, a poacher who offers the team little else. He hasnt got pace, he wont hold the ball up, his passing isnt good, he wont win the ball in the air and he is past his best. If we sign him it will go down as another pardew transfer masterstroke, to go with shefki kuqi and obertan.

  • 25 Tommyy // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I’m just getting sick of our increasingly lowering ambitions and Pardew’s increasingly ridiculous lowering of expectation and complete apparent lack of knowledge as to what we need as a club.

    We all know we need 4 big players CB, Winger, 2 ST’s. He should be banging Kinnear’s door down demanding them. We’ve got the wettest fish for a manager, see how Laudrup told it how it was to Jenkins and is getting the players in. See how Hughton has persuaded Norwich to spend on the right players. See how Rogers is ensuring Liverpool get the players they want and need. Etc Etc.

    I’m just sick to the back teeth of being a mediocre club bobbing along and then coming on here and reading people attempt to justify it with their excel spreadsheets and pseudo – accounting, desperately defending a regime that, when you step back and look at it, has failed it’s fans miserably… Over and over again. So close to losing the passion it’s disgusting.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    In the last few days we have had kevymartins claiming that Ashley spent 18M on Owen which proves he spends big and that Pawl saying Milner was sold in a January window which proves that he is a great business and football man and Ian Toon chipping in with Shay Given being sold for optimum value rather than wanting away from this insidious regime.

  • 27 terencelim // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    @Beattie very good point.

  • 28 toon kk // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    If Bent arrives it will just show how sh.t Jk appointment is.

  • 29 AaranD // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM


    Everton will be interesting next year. But yeah 7th – 10th is realistic and if we have a brilliant season maybe more. Teams we will be competing with will be Swansea and Everton, i think.

    Next season will be a crazy crazy season!

  • 30 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    We need to sign Alderweireld. We only have 3 decent centre backs at the club. Every club needs 4 decent centre backs and 4 decent strikers. We have a lot of work to do.

  • 31 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM


    I don,t wish to Piss on you bonfire TADS but it is being reported this morning in the Dutch Press that Ajax and NORWICH have already been in talks about an 8Mil Euro switch of Alderweirld to Norwich?
    Check your sources, but the only thing which needs to happen here is the Player neeeds to agree Terms !

    He would be a good signing alright but we would need to outbid Chris Hughton to get him anywhere near us.

  • 32 terencelim // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    The very last thing a fan need is brainwashed by Ashley, belittle and degrade the club you’ve loved for long.

    Show your love and passion as a fan and not blindly agree with whatever decisions that owner made.

  • 33 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    we will finish top 8, re-sign ashleys top man owen and everyone else he bought and sold yeah right

  • 34 Toon1978 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Must admit i am getting a little concerned at the lack of any signings being the only club in the EPL not to improve as of yet having just finished above the relegation zone. NUFC seem very relaxed about the whole situation which could be a good thing as they may know quality will arrive. Bent will be a quality signing IF we also bring in Remy or another quality striker. Sinclair would also be a step in the right direction. Having the likes of Collo, Cabaye, HBA, Cisse, Remy and Bent in the same team will be excellent and defo a top 10 team at the very least and i ain’t mentioned Tiote, Krul, Mbiwa, Anita, Marveaux and Debuchy. 2 or 3 signings lads and we will be well on our way providing we have more fortune on the injury front next season. It’s not as bad as some make it out to be really. Chin up…….HWTL!!!!!

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    No that’s was reported a coupled of days back, today it’s reported that he’s failed to agree terms

  • 36 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    any torq the top itk dude news

  • 37 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    We could bring in as many top CF’s as we like, nothing will ever make bent look a top signing

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    What???? Ashley didn’t sign Owen ffs!!!!

  • 39 markmac // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Rare poster here, with chance creation being a rarity for us last season i just wondered where if anywhere we think marveux is going to fit in? not quick enuff for the wing and never going to cement a place at ‘CAM’ especially with AP loving sissoko there [why?] i dont think he will sit on the becnh another season…..

  • 40 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Oh okay TADS !

    It would seem that my Dutch saturday Rag, is lagging behind the times with their reporting then !

    Is he worth say 9Mil Euro? or even 10?

  • 41 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    And your right!

    Ashley did,nt even own the club when Owen was signed????

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Imo? Yes yes he is! Our defence was shocking last season desperately needs strengthening!

  • 43 Slank // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Tommy @ 25

    ‘I’m just getting sick of our increasingly lowering ambitions ‘

    Do you mean in league position?

    Many fans, myself included, believe we will end up around 8th in the league.

    The top four (ManU, ManCity, Chelsea and Arsenal) would appear preordained for the top table but will the change of manager in three of those clubs affect their league position?

    The next three are likely to be Spurs, Liverpool and Everton although I think the latter might struggle with their new manager.

  • 44 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I have only seen highlights of Alderweireld on TV & I liked what I saw but i wasn’t convinced by his pace.What do you recon,is he quick enough to be a top CB in the PL?

  • 45 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Toby is lightning quick. He’s got everything.

  • 46 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The lad is quality, any player is a risk coming to a new league but I reckon he’d be a quality investment, young hungry European experience, good player all round

  • 47 Tommyy // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Skank – No I mean in general mentality relative to other clubs.

  • 48 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    kets/tads Thanks for that excellent news,exactly what i wanted to hear because he was my choice to replace Collo who IMO will be replaced in either of the next 2 windows which will then give us plenty of pace at the back which we badly need to allow us to press further up the pitch.

  • 49 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Watch This Space Lads !!!

  • 50 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Whats tue logic in signing bent? End of his career.over aged for us.over paid.massive dip in form.lazy and loves night life too much. I remember seeing him down quayside while at sunderland. He even lived there and still owns an appartment. No no no thanks!!!

  • 51 JP...from The Rock // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I think Shola is SHITE SHITE SHITE!!!!!! Please leave ASAP!!

  • 52 beddersmag // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Luckiest man alive. Stealing a living for a decade. Lazy underachiever, happy to get rid cant even run for ten minutes

  • 53 sphinxhunter // Jul 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I would love Pardew to play three CBs – Saylor, Colo and MYM (only really have Willo for competition !?!) – with Tiote (Sissoko) just in front as protection and to break up attacks – then with proper wing/backs in Debuchy (Santon) and Haidara (Gouffran – can he defend?, I’m loath to include Jonas as competition, as I think his attacking/crossing is behind him) – a couple of AMs Cabaye, Marv – and a couple of CFs Cisse, HBA (Campbell) – we could do with more CBs, but are desperate for CFs who can compliment Cisse and provide something ‘else’. Bent might be that something, but is likely just cover. We really needed to get Bony, he is going to be brilliant next season. I would suggest a player like Nils Petersen from Werder Bremen or Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Herta (though they aren’t French), or Wissam Ben Yedder from Toulouse, younger and cheaper (under 5M) and a lot better value.

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