Alan Pardew had said at the end of the season that Shola Ameobi was unsettled at Newcastle, because he was not getting much playing time, and that he may want to leave the club this summer to get first team football elsewhere.
Shola Ameobi – great when fit and willing
And Alan Pardew a few days ago said that he had heard nothing from Shola about asking for a move or anything like that and Shola today has been interviewed in the local press and he seems happy enough to see out the final year of his contract, so that seems like a bit of a turnaround to us.
This is what Shola told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m a Newcastle player and I’ve got a year left on my contract.” “Every season there’s been speculation about me.” “I’ve always been focused on Newcastle.”
“Whatever happens, happens, but I don’t really pay much attention.”
“I just want to score goals for Newcastle.” “I feel I can play football for Newcastle. I think I’ve got a little bit left in me.” “Whichever way the club wants to go, it’s down to them.”
“If I’m wanted at Newcastle, I’ll play at Newcastle. If I’m not, I’ll go elsewhere.” “It means a lot to be playing now. I’m in the latter stages of my career.”
“In recent months, I haven’t done that, which is very frustrating.
“I feel like I’m fit and strong enough to compete with anyone here at Newcastle.” “Hopefully, I can push for a place.” “It’s pre-season. At the end of the day, it doesn’t mean much.”
“It was great to start my first game.” “I had a little niggle back in England, and thankfully the hand injury wasn’t as bad as first thought.” “I felt stronger as the game went on.”
“Scoring goals is what I’m about, and hopefully I can continue this nice vein of form.”
Ameobi made his debut as an 18 year-old back in September, 200 in a home game against Chelsea under Bobby Robson, and the then Newcastle manager was a big fan of the young lad, and when Ameobi is fit and willing he can be a very good player for Newcastle, and he’s scored two good goals in the last two pre-season games.
But Shola is not always fit, and when he is fit he’s not always willing – so he’s been a bit of an enigma at Newcastle over the last 13 years, although he’s had some great moments for Newcastle – usually against a certain side called Sunderland.
It probably depends on what success Newcastle have in the transfer window this summer, as to whether Shola will leave the club, but with news today that Pardew could send young Adam Campbell out on loan, it would be good to have Shola available, because he’s a very experienced player, and can come on and change a game – when he’s fit and willing.
And to be fair he’s done that quite a few times in his career.
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