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Shola Ameobi – Part Of The Problem Or Part Of The Solution?

8 years ago
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‘What are you talking about man, he’s a canny lad – he’s one of us’.

Yes Shola might very well be ‘one of us’ but is that really the point?

I would hope that there are a lot of people inside St.James’ Park who are ‘one of us’; the kitman, the tea lady, the accounts staff, shop assistant, groundsman, whoever…and yes hopefully the odd player would be a bonus as well. However, when it comes to being a professional footballer earning tens of thousands of pounds out of our pockets, surely we need a bit more on a player’s CV?

Shola Ameobi is what he is, a goalscorer who by and large, doesn’t score goals.

In the last two years Shola has appeared fifty times on the pitch in the Premier League in our colours and scored three goals.

Yet for a bizarre minority of fans, criticising Shola (or rather, pointing out his inadequacies) brings out a reaction akin to insulting their mothers with unspeakable slights on their characters.

The vast majority of those 50 appearances have been from the bench but even so, that record is just abysmal.

I now hear shouts of ‘Oh but he’s a great influence in the dressing room’, what exactly does that mean? He’s certainly not a great influence/inspiration when he’s on the pitch is he!!

The vast majority of the time he ambles around barely getting into a jog, remember as well that in these last couple of seasons he’s been aged 29/30 which should be a prime age for a striker.

If you honestly think Shola is part of the solution rather than the problem, then I would urge you to get help straight away, these types of conditions are now curable if caught early enough.

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