Shola Ameobi – Part Of The Problem Or Part Of The Solution?
When the final whistle went on our last painful league campaign, there was one thing guaranteed to depress more than anything when August came around again.
Sure enough, our first home match of the new season and Shola Ameobi is leading the line.
This is not a personal attack on Shola, just a simple statement of fact and a fear that Newcastle United are gathering pace towards the Championship and most of those within St.James’ Park in denial, or not willing/able to state the obvious.
Shola was absolutely terrible against West Ham, his touch terrible and movement non-existent. Yes, Cisse wasn’t great but we know that he thrives on certain ways of playing and hoofing the ball up to Ameobi isn’t top of that list.
Against all visible evidence, Alan Pardew claimed that Shola played well on Saturday, give me strength. When Gouffran came on, the fans were stunned into silence as Shola stayed on the pitch and Cisse departed.
This though is how Shola sees his current position when he spoke to the Shields Gazette;
“Like I have always said, it is important for me, at this stage in my career, to play.
If Newcastle don’t feel I am up to that, I’ll move on. We will just see what happens.
I am delighted (to start the West Ham match), you work all pre-season to put yourself in the best shape and you want to play. Hopefully I can build on that.
It would have been great to win but we have got another chance against Fulham.
It was a typical Sam Allardyce side, they came to frustrate.
Their objective was not to lose, you could see that.”
It is a bit late for Shola to be claiming he needs to play, it never seems to have bothered him before.
The only time that he was first choice was when Newcastle dropped into the Championship and the likes of Owen, Martins and Viduka all left.
Some of you will shout ‘LOYALTY’ but when nobody else wants to sign you…
So Shola would move on if he’s not up to it at Newcastle, exactly who though would that buying club be? One thing for sure though is that it wouldn’t be a Premier League club, a fact that sweeps away any argument the blind have for thinking that Shola is part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
As for joining in slavishly with Alan Pardew’s comments blaming Allardyce for being negative – I find it embarrassing that Pardew/Shola look to blame anybody else for the fact that Newcastle failed to have a single shot on target against West Ham. Of course Fat Sam was his usual boring self and just as well he was in my opinion because any hint of attacking intent would have seen him go away with 3 points again.
Playing Gouffran instead of the statuesque Ameobi would have been a start and at least gave us a bit of movement for West Ham to worry about. The biggest problem wasn’t Allardyce’s negative tactics, it was Pardew’s. Hoofing the ball up to Shola, who hardly ever wins it anyway, was soul destroying to watch.
Reality has to be faced by everybody, both inside and outside St.James’ Park. Shola may well move to the Championship now, or simply wait 12 months and if he has been a regular for Newcastle he’ll just have had to wait a little longer!
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