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Alan Pardew Worried About Newcastle Striker

9:30 am, Sunday, July 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

Shola Ameobi picked up some sort of wrist injury in the game last night, and for those who have followed Shola’s career on Tyneside, it’s yet another injury picked up by the 31 year-old.

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Shola Ameobi - in action last night

Shola was idle fir much of this year, and he didn’t get many first team chances, even though we were short of strikers after Demba Ba was sold in January.

But when he was finally brough on in the second half at West Brom, with almost his first kick of the game he injured himself, and he was out for the season.

And it seems the injury may be a bit serious as this is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game:

“Shola is the big worry,” “He went over on his arm and we had to finish the game with ten men.” “He will go for an X-ray and we will wait to see what the results of that are.”

Newcastle are not doing too great on the striker front at the moment, and with only two recognized and experienced strikers currently at the club in Ameobi and Cisse, but both could be out now, although we do have Yoan Gouffran who can do a job up front, but he’s really more of a wide man.

Cisse is sidelined until he comes to an agreement with Newcastle and Wonga on wearing the Wonga insignia.

And we are still hoping some kind of compromise can be reached there – but that’s the last thing we wanted to see this summer, and it would not be good if we have to sell him – in fact that would be ridiculous.

It’s like Newcastle shooting itself in the foot – or Cisse shooting Newcastle in the foot – depending which side you are on in this dispute.

And if Newcastle can bring in some strikers this summer, which is the number one priority, then we could even sell Shola, but that may get a little complicated if he’s sustained a serious injury.

We’ll have to hope it’s only a minor injury, and should find out more today.

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Tags: Friendlies · Injuries · Newcastle News · Pre-Season · Shola Ameobi


28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Shola, Jonas and Williamson are the three biggest donkeys in the team .

    They must all leave if we ever aim to improve as a team

  • 2 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Why is it that Shola always seems to pick up an injury when the transfer window opens ;)

  • 3 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I said before…5 games in is all it takes..

    He has a shoddy start or even a very mediocre one, meaning we get smashed with city but win a few against easy opposition.

    Still…. if he is not sacked then we are going down and Ashley deserves no credit for anything other than being a coward who is afraid o ppl who know how to run a club and wont be “yes” men.

    Shola is a big worry… Thats what he says…

    No Mate we havent signed anybody is a WORRY…Shola is 31 and should have been in retirement long ago…. Man we are in for another bumby ride….

  • 4 Slank // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    He’s probably worried because he may not be able to sell him now that he is crocked and therefore may not be able to buy someone much better !

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Shola is terrible. He at one point had potential but he hasn’t progressed at all.

    I’d much rather we got rid of him. When he comes of. The bench he rarely scores and mainly gives away free kicks and loses possession. It’s not ideal, just get rid.

  • 6 Slank // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM


    Strange that. That may account for his longevity at the club. A cunning plan, a reverse Wonga.

  • 7 colwell // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    The only worry being if he has broken it he won’t be sold, this is a big,big worry.

    On the Cisse issue the guy does score some worldies but I seem to remember he did have alot of chances and missed an awful lot. His other major problem is he has watched Shola too much and is now completely unaware of the offside rule.

    If we could sell him and bring Remy and Gomis then i’d be happy enough. Gomis hold up play, which makes sense for our tactics and Remy’s pace would work really well.

  • 8 Yorkgeordie // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Only Newcastle could finish a friendly with 10 men !!

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Shola only has 1 year on his contract, just let him run it down if nobody will take him or he is injured.

  • 10 scout // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Carlton cole!!!!!!
    I see it now

  • 11 Yorkgeordie // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Jack Butler
    I thought that as well. I’m afraid Shola is with us until the very last day of his contract.

  • 12 scout // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Why is Pardew even bothering to mention this as news. He should come out and tell us who we are buying or possibly selling

  • 13 wynsleap // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Sounds like we are in a race with Fulham to sign Bent.
    Great – I hope we get a touch of the stitch and muscle cramp.
    Remy and Gomis will do for me at present but even that seems to be a pipe dream when Pardew is more concerned about the Walker Eusebio’s injury.

  • 14 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    The club’s a disgrace. We’re never going to win anything. 1/4 of our players are terrible. We haven’t signed anyone yet. Team’s like Norwich and Swansea are stealing our targets. Only one month to go now.

  • 15 colwell // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 4m
    Le Parisien: Marseille are ready to sell Andre Pierre Gignac against his will they claim. If so a move to Newcastle is most likely #NUFC #OM

  • 16 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM


    Shola’s is a cunning old so-and-so, he’s been doing it for years, transfer window open and suddenly something breaks or tweaks putting him out of action until the window closes again and suddenly he’s fighting fit again :D

    We should have got rid of him years ago as he’s nothing other than a waste of a squad place

  • 17 numba9 // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Ashley wants us to maybe just stay up with him spending bare minimum to get the prem sky money which is flirting with relegation which you get parachute pay, for little does he know that we aren’t nailed on to get promotion because we are a big club.raking it in from all angles ticket sales merchandise and needs boycotting

  • 18 scout // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Really wish he would sell the club now. What’s Kinnear done in his time at the club????? Nothing

    It’s just constant negatives and bad press Ashley, Kinnear, wonga, cisse shirt issue, no signings, pardews 8 year deal you can’t tell me the players aren’t going to be affected by it.

  • 19 GeordieDan // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Very disappointed in Cisse.

    If he really had so much of an issue with Wonga he wouldn’t have waited until the middle of the transfer window to mention it.

    Blatantly wants away leaves right in the proverbial.

  • 20 Ian Toon // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    We need a heavyweight Chief Executive / Managing Director. To address issues and manage situations before they become a problem. It’s not difficult NUFC needs to improve the communication beyond the level of talking about purple. At least one clown has gone so that is progress.

    When it comes to football, intelligent people often act stupid. And yes, that probably includes a good number of us. Smart people would realise that a good number are overreacting to a pre season friendly allied to other issues which could be removed from the mindset by a simple statement of intent from the club. I am not impressed by a pretty face when it appears to be the only thing on offer from the PR side – if you can’t do the job in your own and the appropriate way to communicate to the fans then find another job. We are badly being let down in this important aspect of a football club. This is not a cue for JFA to blame it all on Ashley. I would also like someone to explain what Charnley’s role is know that Llambias has gone.

    When it comes to football, fans rationality often goes out the window.
    From being a young fan we tend to fawn and idolise players who are often at best indifferent to us. I personally will feel a loss if Cisse or Cabaye goes just as i did when Enrique left. Rationalised by the nature of football. Referees making a dodgy decision against the team, he’s a wanker or a cretin. And if a journalist writes something we disagree with, he carries a vendetta against us . Particularly one writing for the London press. As toon fans we often display an inferiority complex honed on countless years of merely taking part.

    That’s not to say that it’s all the fault of the older fan, because I happen to believe that the vast majority of displayed discontent comes from the younger fan. The impatience of youth. A poster recently said that he thought around 70% of the people on here were under 30.

  • 21 Toon73 // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Shoal our current 2nd choice striker.

    Only in toon.

  • 22 Toon73 // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM


  • 23 sparky55 // Jul 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    “We don’t want to lose, ever, but there were some real highlights.” “Dummett, again, Obertan and Sammy made a big difference when they came on, Cabaye was good, Cheick was good, Moussa was good, Rob was good and Santon did very, very well.

    Jesus Christ…I sometimes wonder if Pardew has a stunt double that goes to the matches because it obvious to me the one that says the stuff like the above clearly wasn’t at the match.

    Dummett had a part to play in all three of their goals, Obertan didn’t nothing to suggest he’s learnt how to cross a ball or how to go round the outside of a left back, Sammy has more tricks than a magician but no end product, Cheik was no different to last year and Cabaye didn’t boss the game as he should have because the ball wasn’t delivered to his feet and there was rarely anyone within 10 yards of him because they were chasing the long ball.

    I’m sick and tired of Pardew’s delusional post match autopsy’s…they bear no reflection to reality and he’ll have gone to bed last night thinking they we’re on the front foot for most of the game and won the last 75 minutes…what a moron

  • 24 jazzyp // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    good morning all
    kets–don’t tell me the clubs a disgrace because we haven’t signed aldeweireld eh !!!lol.
    we have a nucleus of a top 7 squad imo but after that most are championship at best. the likes of shola gosling obertan willo even gutti would struggle to find a place in most pl teams

  • 25 GeordieDan // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM


    Its incredible how much they’ve managed to ruin OUR club for us over the last few years.

    Not sure if you read that ridiculous article I think was in the Telegraph “Is Ashley the best boss in the world?” ?

    A close friend of his said he will NEVER sell the club unless he makes a good profit on it as its not in his make-up. He only bought it to sell it on quickly to a buyer he already had lined up, but then the deal went bad and he got stuck with us.

    Its all very sad. We will have to endure him for a long time yet and people who praise Ashleys way of running the club well? He’s not doing it for us in the slightest, he’s simply minimising his costs to maximise the amount he can rape from the club.

    The guy also said if anyone gets on the wrong side of Ashley he will go out of his way to be nasty to them-eg when Dave Whelan told him to stay out of the North so Ashley reported him for shirt price fixing and then simply destroyed his business.

    He knows we hate him and trust me he hates us right back.

  • 26 GeordieDan // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM


    Whats the point in getting a “heavyweight director” in?

    Ashley would completely undermine him regardless of who it was.

    Until Ashley goes we CANNOT progress. We might occassionnally get lucky on his shoestring budget like 2 seasons ago but its not sustainable with pathetic levels of investment.

  • 27 toon kk // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Its one thing after another at Newcastle. We’ll struggle again next season, there’s players in the squad that need to be moved on. MA penny pinching will come back and haunt him, we need quality in.

  • 28 paul24 // Jul 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    They should show him the door. He isnt good enough and never has been. I’d be glad to see the back of him.

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