There’s news in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle are set to begin talks with Shola Ameobi at the end of the season, with a view to giving him an extension on his contract, which runs out at the end of June.
Shola Ameobi scoring on Saturday
And the question we have to ask is why?
Shola has hardly figured in the side, and has only two goals for Newcastle in 26 appearances this season, although very few of those appearances have been starts.
It’s being reported that some top officials at the club (Mike Ashley and/or Lee Charnley?) want the 32 year-old to stay at Newcastle.
We always thought that Shola would move on this summer, and join another side, or decide to retire from football, but it could be that the injury to Papiss Cisse has Newcastle in a bind as far as strikers are concerned.
Loic Remy will be moving on, and Luuk de Jong has shown he’s just not good enough to get a permanent deal after his loan spell ends.
It seems that Shola is a big player behind the scenes and specifically in the dressing room, and we always though he would one day become a coach at Newcastle, and of course the local lad has the club very close to his heart.
This is what Shola has said:
“We’ll discuss everything about my future at the end of the season,” “I haven’t really thought about what might or might not happen at all yet because this isn’t the right moment.”
“There’s a lot going on at the moment, and things are pretty tense. We have to make sure we don’t let this season fizzle out, and then once it’s finished, that’ll be the time to get around a table and talk about the future.”
“I just want to do everything I can for Newcastle, but from a World Cup point of view, then obviously the more I play, the better chance I have of going,”
“Make no mistake, I want to play games for this football club and help us do well. That is my priority.” “The World Cup is the World Cup, and any player worth his salt would want to be there.”
“But if I’m not playing for Newcastle then there’s a very good chance that I won’t be in the Nigeria squad either.”
“It’s nice to be back playing.” “Before the Stoke game, it had been a couple of months since I last started a game and it’s been a very frustrating spell.”
“It was tough being on the fringe of things for so long, but I feel like I’m getting my legs again now and I’m enjoying being back in the team and involved.”
“I’m just trying to help the team as much as I can, and it’s just unfortunate that the results haven’t been going for us.”
We can see a decent partnership in the last three games with Shola up front and Loic Remy, and the physical play of Ameobi should help Remy.
Maybe Newcastle want to give Shola a short one or two year deal, and have him involved with the coaching side of things.
But as an important player on the field for Newcastle, those days are over for Shola.
What do you think?