Shola Ameobi celebrates 10 years of playing for Newcastle United this week.
Shola Ameobi – 10 years on Tyneside
Shola joined the Newcastle club as a 13 year-old back in 1995, but it was 10 years ago that then manager, the legendary Sir Bobby Robson, gave the then 18 year-old his debut for the Tyneside club.
The Nigerian-born player is now listed as number 24 on Newcastle’s all-time leading goalscorer list – with 62 goals in 283 appearances for the Magpies.
And it seems like Chris Hughton is a big fan of the 6’2″ striker, who made his debut against Chelsea 10 years ago.
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We are grateful Shola is still here.” “We are aware over that time he has missed periods with injury. He has been in and out of the side.”
“Even though it is not the most important thing, he’s a local lad.” “This is where he always wanted to be.” “He is very popular among the players and he is a very good footballer.”
There was news earlier in the week that Scotland boss Craig Levein recently attempted to give Shola a Scotland cap.
And the unconfirmed rumor was that he qualified to play north of the border, because he had had a couple drinks of scotch a few years ago, and apparently that had been officially documented by the Scottish FA.
But it tuned out that it didn’t work, because the Home Associations Rule states that British passport holders must also be educated north of the border to play for the Scotland side – but we suppose it was worth a try – certainly they seem to need some good players right now, after their poor display against Liechtenstein.
Ameobi can still play for his home country Nigeria, but it’s debatable whether Nigeria will ever pick the 28 year-old.
“Anything like that would be very much a decision for him.” “What is more important is the fact he is here doing the business for us.”
“He is a good enough player to play international football.”
Shola is a good lad, and we still think he has a job to do at Newcastle, but it will probably have to come from the substitutes bench.
With the growing strength of the Newcastle squad under Chris Hughton, and particularly the emergence of young Andy Carroll as Newcastle’s main striker, Shola will not see too many starts this season for Newcastle.