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Shola Ameobi – Hero Or Zero?

7 years ago
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Newcastle United have decided to let Shola Ameobi go after 14 years at the club as a professional.

It’s hard to gauge whether Ameobi’s time in black and white has been a success or not. The Nigerian certainly divides opinion.

Many Geordies will welcome the news and cry ‘at last’, whereas others will mourn the loss of a ‘hero’.

You may laugh or doubt the fact that a striker who scored a mere 79 goals in almost 400 appearances could be considered a hero, but to some, he is exactly that.

He will always be remembered as ‘the Mackem slayer’ for his services in the Tyne-Wear derbies with seven goals against Newcastle’s fiercest rivals. His European record isn’t bad either, twelve goals in total, only bettered by Alan Shearer.  One will live long in the memory – a goal at the Nou Camp.

Impressive, so why will so many supporters be glad to see the back of him?

Sir Bobby Robson gave him his chance in the first team. However, since then he hasn’t fulfilled his potential.

For years, he hasn’t looked up to the pace of the Premier League, nor does he have the quality to carry the title ‘Premier League striker.’

The rare flashes of quality are often followed by lethargic sub-par performances highlighting the main problem – inconsistency, which hasn’t been helped by the recurring injury problems.

Somewhat surprisingly, Ameobi may still have Premier League years ahead of him with Steve Bruce allegedly ready to pounce.

Before that, there’s a mindboggling probability that Ameobi will play a part in Nigeria’s World Cup campaign in Brazil.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the lad from Walker Central. He will always have his critics, but he’s lived the dream, pulling on the black and white shirt for an astounding 14 years, and he’s created some unforgettable memories.

Nobody can rob him of that.

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