Shola Ameobi has finally been linked up with a club for next season, and he has just signed a one year deal at Turkish second division club Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediyespor – try pronouncing that.
Shola Ameobi – in action for Nigeria
Shola played 397 games with 79 goals for Newcastle United over fifteen seasons, after the great Sir Bobby Robson gave the then 18 year-old his debut against Chelsea in September of 2000, when Alan Shearer was out injured for quite a few months.
The Turkish club has released a press statement about the move, and about Newcastle United – this is what it says:
“We want to establish an ambitious team in the league this season, and a strong team continues to strengthen by adding players.”
“We have therefore tied Nigerian striker Shola Ameobi – from one of the strongest teams in England, Newcastle United – to us for one year.”
That’s a nice way to pat yourself on the back.
And we suppose that makes it official – Newcastle are one of the strongest teams in England. 😀
It’s a step down for Shola from the Premier League, but at least he’ll get some games and he could even have a decent season.
We think Shola will play one or two more seasons before retiring, and he could then sign on as a youth team coach at Newcastle – and that would be very likely if Alan Pardew is still the Newcastle manager.
Fans have their own views about Shola, and he never did fulfill his promise as a youngster – but he was a faithful servant to his home town club and it would be great if he comes back as a coach.
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