In a surprise move, Alan Pardew has announced that he’s put the block on Shola Ameobi’s participation at the African Cup Of Nations.
Tomorrow the list of Nigeria’s foreign based players selected for the preliminary camp in early January is due to be announced and the Nigerian coach had strongly hinted that Shola would be on it.
However, Alan Pardew had this to say today;
“Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself”.
Personally, I don’t think Shola should ever have been going considering the season we are having.
However, if it was simply a case of not wanting to be down to only two strikers (Ba & Cisse) for a month or more then why let the charade go on this long?
With Alan Pardew not willing to elaborate on the decision it surely can only point to the very likely scenario of Demba Ba leaving in January and so Newcastle United having only Cisse and Shola available for part of, or the whole of, February.
With the added fear that it could stay that way to the end of the season.
After the Andy Carroll sale, and no replacement in that particular transfer window, then we can’t discount it totally.
Yes this is all speculation but Alan Pardew started it!
If Ba does leave then I’d be gutted but if it comes to pass then a quick replacement is an absolute must. The rumours of Marseille’s Remy arriving very early in January could have a bit more substance now.
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