Longest Serving Player Now Likely To Leave Newcastle

We half expect Shola Ameobi to leave Newcastle if he wants to play first team football, because with Newcastle wanting to bring in two additional strikers this summer, and Adam Campbell, the 18 year-old seemingly coming though fast at his home town club, Shola will not see much playing time on Tyneside next season.

shola ameobi hands on head

Shola Ameobi – 13 years in first team on Tyneside

One hint that Alan Pardew is willing to let him leave this summer, is that the clause is in his contract that didn’t allow him to play for Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations in January, has been removed.

That suggests Pardew doesn’t see him playing at Newcastle much next season, in what is Shola’s last year of his current three year deal.

It seems one big reason Shola wants first team football in the coming season, is so he can make the Nigerian squad for the World Cup in Brazil nest summer.

This is what Shola has said today in the local press:

“I have to get into this incredibly talented team, make sure I give my best, show my experience and make a significant contribution.” “I made my (Nigeria) debut at 31, now here I am and hopefully my experience will enable me to develop at this level.”

“Every player is looking to play at the World Cup.” “I think we have every chance of qualifying – but we must fight and earn the right to be there.” “My full focus is now on helping the Super Eagles to be successful.”

Certainly Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi seems to rate Shola, and he believes his vast experience gives Nigeria something extra when he’s in the side, , so if Shola can play first team football and avoid too many injuries next season  (which is always a challenge), then we can see him make the Nigerian squad for next summer.

Shola has just one cap for Nigeria, when he came on as a sub for Nigeria against Venezuela in Miami last November in the 3-1 win, and he set up Nigeria’s third goal in added time.

We remember in the summer of 2005 when then manager Graeme Souness let players like Aaron Hughes leave the club early in the summer, because they weren’t good enough, but then Graeme  had great difficulty replacing them.

So before we can let Shola go this summer, Newcastle must ensure we have those two new two strikers through the door.

What do you think?

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31 comments so far

  • jeff

    Jul 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1


    “For example, the best-conditioned No 4 is Vurnon Anita.”

    Vurnon realy wants it this year u can tell unless your a fat mackem like tsunki who just envelops him in his fat whenever he gets close

  • jeff

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    JFK junior-

    Tsunki is always the last man to jump on the bandwagon. You could not go within 1000 miles of him without hearing his praise for Pardew a few months back, and now he is on the anti-Pardew train (like myself except I have been on it for a good while). He is basically a sheep. A sheep whose brain only registers and understands things 10 years late.

    While he is the last to jump on the bandwagon, he is the first to throw out insults. If someone doesn’t agree with his opinion (or should I say the general populace’s opinion) he will be down their throats and screaming at them for being a mackem.


    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    And like that we would be down to 1 senior striker who is disgruntled and has question marks of his toon career. Come on whose excited to start the season as the first ever club to kick off with no strikers on the books

  • tequilamag

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Jeff, anyone is entitled to change their opinion. What is your excuse for pretending to be a 13 year old boy when in reality your tiresome little troll from Pennywell?

  • Markaccus

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    “I was on the anti-pardew train first”

    Hipster bloggers. This place just gets better 😀

  • Markaccus

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Pennywell? Monkey smell!
    Keys ar theys? Monkeys knees!

  • jeff

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Why would I pretend to be 13 eh? No idea where Pennywell is either..

    Yes maybe I have been blessed with the intelligence of a very smart, fully developed homosapien at 13, and maybe this is why I get bullied at school and also at this blog.

    But I digress, it is times like these where we all need to get behind the team. Disgruntled supporters can infect their friends and their friends’ friends et cetera causing a chain that extends into the infinite. We, as Geordies, have to be positive if we want to see positive results.

    Howay the lads!

  • jonobbad

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Its only rumours that cisse is disgruntled.
    Dont believe everything you hear in the media.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Good luck to Shola wherever he goes! He will have to get past the mighty flames of my adopted country Malawi first if he wants to play in the World Cup!

    Never been the best of players, but has dragged us out of some spots and has a great record against the Mackems. Plus one of the best penalty takers around.

  • Macas

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Jeff is Ketsbaia

  • Markaccus

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Arrogance overload!!

  • tequilamag

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Jeff that is the question I have been asking myself, why would anybody in their right mind pretend to be a 13 year old, yet you obviously are. You only come on here to sh1t stir. You were playing the racism card the other week then at the weekend you were taking the p1ss out of Muslims.
    Sad lttle man and really not that bright either. You told us Hindus were not picky about their food. FYI Hindus are forbidden for eating Beef, . The kind of info that everone in India would know as a matter of course .


    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #13

    True but the rumours have been around a long time and no word denying it and the PFA is involved now sounds like there is substance to it

  • jeff

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Are you stupid tequilamaggot?

    Us Hindu (Hindu is the plural; not Hindus) do not eat beef because the cow is sacred to our belief. Muslims don’t eat pork because the pig is a dirty animal.

    Spot the difference lol

  • Markaccus

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Tequilla, i reckon you are wasing your time. Jeff is another of those who stirs trouble then cries victim when anyone bites back.

  • bollance

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Krul (Holland)

    Debuchy (Fra) MYM (F) Collo (Arg) Santon (Ita)

    Anita (H) Cabaye (F) Tiote (IC) HBA (F)

    Sissoko (F)
    Cisse (Senegal)

    Our 1st team is full of int. calibre players. Why do people think we are relegation candidates?

  • Markaccus

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #17

    The difference is that you are picky about different meat for different reasons. It is still religious pickyness, the same as some christians not eating meat on a friday.

  • giimps

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Mackem slayer and penalty taker, hes been on the books for a long time, various managers have had him in their squad when us fans sometimes wonder why.
    Then he comes up with a goal like the one vs Spuds and I remember, he may not be the bes, hes definately not the worstbut some of his goals have been very important for us.
    Love him or hate him, his record as a pen taker is there to be marvelled at.
    I will be sad to see him go the enigma that is Shola….good luck what ever you decide to do…..HWTL

  • tequilamag

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Marccus, your correct of course. He probably was bullied at school and now trolls to feed what little self-esteem he has.

  • Scottiedog

    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Sissoko has admitted himself he is not an attacking midfielder!!! So no way play him as a 2nd striker,

  • Greebol1892

    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Good news. Lad hasn’t been good enough but we have been so lightweight up front that we (allegedly) have needed him. Time to move on and open the door for Campbell.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22

    bollance-number of reasons why some of us fear relegation the players you mentioned only just managed to save us from relegation,we have let 3 players leave with no replacements coming in,and no new signings in sight,a manager who doesn,t inspire confidence with his tactics and playing players out of position and of course our new geordie hater our dof kinnear .

  • sello

    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Shola needs to go. No room in the squad for him anymore, he is likely to be behind Campbell this year. Thanks for all your efforts shola. Good luck in the championship, you will play well there for a couple of years.

  • ArtyH

    Jul 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Let him go and if we are short for some reason there would be plenty in the stands who would do a better job just give them a chance. LOL’s

  • toonking

    Jul 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    good luck shola you might have got lot’s of stick but their is one record you do hold that record is being the most goals scored for Newcastle in the CL shearer might have had injuries a lot of the time but you did suffer lots in your career.
    once you leave us their is only one player of your kind left with us saylor.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #26

    ED – “seemingly coming though fast at his home town club” – It’s ThRough NOT Though!!! You do that every single time it’s starting to piss me off! That and our inability to sign any decent players yet! WTF is JFK doing???????

    We are the most messed around supporters in the world, I don’t think any other club is run so unprofessionally as ours. Sad indeed. The only positive news I can find is that Strolla Ameobi will possibly leave us FINALLY!! Thank God for that.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I seriously doubt we will struggle to replace this lazy arsed player. Even Shefti Kuqi was more impressive than Strolla. Send this loser packing ASAP plz. The worlds most expensive cheerleader!

    Thanks for the goals against the Mackems and that’s about it, now please kindly do fcuk off!!

  • hadthetshirt

    Jul 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #28

    I just wish he was half as good as He thought he was.He talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk.Never once did a premier league team come in for him.None of his ex managers came back for him,mainly big sam and hoots.That tells me everything.Even Sir Bobby thought he was Carl Court pmsl

  • count

    Jul 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #29

    To the people saying this would leave us with one striker. What about gouffran?
    Wish people would think a bit harder before commenting. Sick of having to wade through so much mindless crap.

  • count

    Jul 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Hahahahaha! “we are the most messed around supporters in the world” Get a f-ing grip. People whining on like that is just laughable. Not to mention embarrassing.

  • Brutooon

    Jul 17, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Shola Ameobi is the LONGEST SH*T PLAYER in NUFC History!

    1) Need 100 chances to score one goal

    2)he commit fouls 5 times more than he score goals (then he complaint)

    3) home born but he doesnt care if we are winning or not!


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