Shola Ameobi Leads The European Charge
Shola Ameobi thinks Newcastle United can still make Europe.
The United forward believes that the three matches following Palace on Saturday will be crucial, Newcastle facing Everton, Southampton and Manchester United – the three clubs currently in the way of a sixth place finish.
“We still believe that we can do it, as players you look and see there is still 27 points to play for – that is a lot of points, way more than enough to take us into Europe.
Even though Southampton have gone ahead of us, we play the next two matches at home (Palace and Everton) and they’ll be vital come the end of the season as to where we will finish.
“Disappointed as we are at this (Fulham) result we’ve got to move on and we hope to use these next two home matches to really push up that table and hopefully finish in a European position, that is our ambition as a club.
“We have Everton, Manchester Utd and Southampton to play and what happens in those matches will probably determine how well we do.
“We don’t want this season to peter out, we really want to push ourselves as players.”
I’m guessing there won’t be many Newcastle fans placing bets on Shola’s optimism, especially as Everton are eight points clear and have a game in hand, with only twenty seven points for United to play for. In fact finishing above Southampton would now look unlikely for many of us.
It would have been tough enough but without Remy and Debuchy for the next few games, at a minimum, you would have to be a glass way over half full to have any expectations.
Sadly, it hardly strengthens the argument when the player making these grand claims is a striker who hasn’t scored a Premier League goal in the last fifteen months and who hardly gets to step on the pitch these days.
Am I wrong though, are there more of you in the Shola camp of optimism.
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