Shola Ameobi is part of the Nigerian squad for the friendly against South Africa in Durban tonight, and he has been interviewed in the local papers today and the big man says he welcomes competition from new players such as Loic Remy.
Shola Ameobi – looked good in pre-season
But the 26-year-old French International striker will not be available for our first game next Monday night at the Emirates, so Shola may see himself getting a start, maybe even on the left-wing in place of the injured Jonas Gutierrez.
This is what Shola said to the press today:
“It’s been mentioned quite a lot that we’re in need of strikers, so if that’s what the club feels they need, that’s what they’re going to bring in.” “Obviously, Remy is a great addition to the squad, because the squad was light last season.”
“It’s important we get the right players in. It’s a great signing for us. You can see he’s a top player.” “Hopefully, he can do the business on the pitch.” “It’s been a tough pre-season – I think as players, we needed that.”
“It would have been nice to get a few players in, so we could have bedded them in. That hasn’t quite materialised.” “So hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, we can do that and really get the season going – this pre-season has been great for us physically and mentally.”
The thing that may be worrying Shola is that after Demba Ba left in January Newcastle never replaced him, yet Shola saw very little playing time in the first team, and when he did get on at West Brom he injured himself and wasn’t seen again last season.
But with Newcastle short of strikers we hope that Shola stays at Newcastle for the last year of his contract, and hope he keeps showing the good form he showed in pre-season.
And if Newcastle sign no new strikers this summer we will have Remy, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran as players who can play as central strikers in the side.
That’s better than we had for the second half of last season, but we still need to bring in at least one new striker in the next three weeks, and we are still hoping that striker can be Bafe Gomis.
So it’s over to Joe Kinnear to get that job done – and the sooner a striker is brought in the better it will be.
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