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The Man In The Mask To See Action For Newcastle On Saturday

It seems like Shola Ameobi has done well in training this week, in his newly fitted mask, and he could even start on Saturday against Everton, although that’s a long shot.

Shola Ameobi – will see action on Saturday

Manager Alan Pardew will want to see more of the chances the lads create at home converted, and there’s a possibility he could start both Shola and Leon Best together on Saturday.

It will depend on how Shola has looked in training, but the Nigerian-born striker would certainly add more physical presence up front.

Alan Pardew is certainly pleased that his increased attacking options now with Shola back,  and the four strikers likely to feature on Saturday are Best, Lovenkrands, Ameobi and Ranger, with Shefki Kuqi probably not making the bench this weekend.

Best is doing very well up front since he has been given his chance with 5 goals in 10 appearances for the side this year, and Peter Lovenkrands has 4 goals this season, with 3 of those coming in the league and one in the Carling Cup.

Alan Pardew said this about Shola’s return to action:

“He will give us an extra physical presence,” “I’m not sure he gets the credit he deserves sometimes, but he has done really well for me and it will give us an extra dimension to our play if he is fit and available.”

Shola doesn’t always get the credit he deserves, and is under criticism from a section of the Newcastle fans, but it would be great if he could through these next 10 games with some goals. Shola has hit 6 goals this season,  with 3 of those being in the Premier League, and two of them against Sunderland.

We have to think that Lovenkrands and Best will get another chance to show what they can do on Saturday, but we also expect both Shola Ameobi and the fast improving Nile Ranger to get run-outs in the second half.

Let’s hope Newcastle are out in front when that happens.

And it would be good if Nile can get that first Premier League goal and get that monkey off his back.

Nile has looked better and better since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, and that first goal will give the 19 year-old Londoner, lots of confidence.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m not sure whether we really need to be rushing him back so quickly, the team looks goal hungry and are converting a numbero f chances. ALthough I suppose the injury is not a risk..

    Why we must write off Ben Arfa until next season..http://tinyurl.com/6l2pndq

  • Magforlife

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Never recognised him in that mask 🙂

  • NufcGlen

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Give me shola over loven anyday

  • RememberShearer

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    we must give NILE RANGER a go from the start, he will fire once he gets his first goal (which he should of had against bolton) once he gets the first it will be flood gates open I reckon.

    And we must get rid of Ameobi in summer, he is far to injury prone and just nowt good man! “He doesn’t get the credit he deserves”?????? ARE U HAVING A LAUGH MAN????? He gets all the credit he deserves nowt most of the time !!!

  • clinta2

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    @Rememeber shearer

    Shola has never been consistent and has been dogged with injuries for as long as I can remember. That said, he has played a role for Newcastle for a lot of years as a squad memebr that on his day can be a real handful and he has scored goals.

  • supervil

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6


    You’re an idiot. I don’t get the Shola-bashing like. He’s never going to be Shearer, he’ll be the first to say that, but he’s been an important and loyal player for us. I, for one, can’t wait to see him back in the team.

    To be honest, how can you big up Nile and then bash Shola? Nile has scored… 1 cup goal. Aye he looks good, he looks busy and creates excitement… but he’s had ample chances to hit the net. Shola had actually bagged a couple of goals by this time in Nile’s career.

    It’s time people just got behind Shola and stopped the hate like.

    Oh, and he looks MF DOOM!

  • supervil

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Oh, and when I say “I don’t get the Shola-bashing”, I do understand he can be frustrating… but the extent of the hate towards him? Absolutely ridiculous.

    Seem to remember a bunch of fans that loved one Ketsbaia… who, let’s face it, was a bit shit. You cannit pick and choose. You’re either loyal or you’re not.

  • silvervrs

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Strolla’s only loyal cos nobody would take him! And being loyal doesn’t mean he’s good. Giggs is loyal but I bet you anything that if he wasn’t up to the job, Fergie would not hesitate to drop him.

    Agree that the bigging-up of Ranger is bizarre considering he’s not even scored a single goal yet (in epl). But by the same token, Ranger’s failures are not exactly the best tools to mask Strolla’s own failures is it? It’s kinda like saying how could you hate Osama bin Laden when there’s people like Hitler?

    He’s had more time than anyone else at the club to show what he’s all about and for me personally, he’s not done nowt. He did ok last season in the Championship so that may be an indication of where he belongs.

    Look at his stats on soccernet.com and you’ll see that it’s pretty appalling given the amount of game time he’s had. I’d sell him to Chelsea since Ancelotti told the press today that he doesn’t ask his strikers to score. Strolla would fit in perfectly….

  • NufcGlen

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9

    beggers cant be choosers.
    thats all I’ll say


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