Pardew Reveals Kick Up The Backside For Shola Pre-Match
The manager saying the following about our erratic front man;
“I had a quiet word with Shola because in the last few weeks his contribution could have been greater”.
The story/saga of Shola’s many years at Newcastle United has been a total lack of consistency and whenever he has had a decent match I’ve always worried when he has been named to start in the next game.
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Credit to Ameobi though because most importantly he put in a much better performance against FC Metalist which kind of proved the manager’s point, though with a positive outcome. Shola has also talked about the pep talk with Alan Pardew;
I always give everything but haven’t been in the side as much as in the past, which makes it hard to contribute. When you only get a chance in the last ten minutes then sometimes you try and do things that might not come off.
I took on board what he had to say as I always do, making sure I made him know I’m still here. The manager is always within his rights to say what he thinks to the players and I took it on board and made sure I gave a performance that I was satisfied with.
I haven’t felt match fit but that is down to not having had the games, as it takes matches to get into my stride”.
I look back to Shola’s early days and when I watched him play for the England Under 21s he often looked the best player on the pitch. However, while he has had his injury problems, he could still have been a much better player than he has ended up being, which isn’t a criticism – just an observation based on what I saw him do in his early days right through from watching him at youth and reserve level.
Maybe what he has missed most is the Alan Shearer sheer will to win, though there again not many others have had that either.
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