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Does the French Revolution Spell the End for this Veteran?

The shola

Newcastle’s January splurge into the transfer market has certainly strengthened their squad, especially after the gap Demba Ba left upon moving to Chelsea.

The addition of Gouffran to complement Cisse as Newcastle’s main striker could however, have adverse ramifications for Newcastle’s long serving marksman Shola Ameobi. Ameobi, now 31, has been at the club ever since his teenage years and has provided many years of dedicated service, but does he still have a role to play at St James’ Park?

This year Alan Pardew has often favoured playing Amoebi on the right hand side of a 4-2-3-1 formation, and he has only appeared as a centre forward in the cup competitions where weakened sides have been played.

While he has hardly ever been prolific (his best season only yielded 10 league goals and that was in the Championship) he has scored vitally important goals throughout his career. Yet, in this wider role this campaign he has really struggled, and in the last home game against Reading the fans were quick to jump on his back whenever he touched the ball.

In all honesty, he had a terrible game and this is sadly not the first time he’s been below par in the 2012/13 season. 3 goals in his last 42 Premiership games is simply not good enough, and it does raise the question of whether he is needed at Newcastle any more, especially given his advancing years. He simply isn’t a right winger, and playing him there is not only hurting his reputation amongst the Newcastle fans who just adore him for his ‘Mackem slaying’ past, but also the team. In the current situation, the team cannot afford to carry players.

With Cisse and Gouffran expected to be significantly higher than him in the pecking order, Amoebi could well find first team opportunities limited in the run in, especially with Newcastle exiting the FA Cup so early (where Ameobi earned himself a red card). There is also the interesting prospect of Adam Campbell, who appears to be highly rated by the backroom staff at Newcastle.

Perhaps the final nail in the coffin of Shola Ameobi could be the reported interest from Newcastle to sign a new striker. Amid rumours of a bid for Wilfried Bony, there’s no doubt that the club want to bring in a prolific replacement for Demba Ba.

The Daily Mail reported towards the end of last week that the club had made an offer in the region of £12 million, and even if though the deal has since been denied, I fully expect the club to follow up their interest in the Summer for the Ivorian. Either way, it’s already looking bleak for Ameobi and could get worse.

There’s unlikely to be a clamor of top-flight clubs wanting Ameobi’s signature, and if Newcastle do deem him surplus to requirements he may well have to drop down to the Championship or head abroad.

However, what must be remembered is that the man who once jested about how the great Sir Bobby Robson used to call him Carl Cort accidentally has been a great servant to the club over the years. Nobody in the North East will forget his goals against the great enemy, and even earlier this season he delivered a crucial late winner against QPR.

If this does prove to be his final season, he can leave with his head held high. Yet, it might be best he does exit soon to avoid tarnishing his reputation further.

Do you think Shola Ameobi can still offer something for Newcastle, or should he be offloaded? What’s your favourite memory of Ameobi playing for the Magpies? Get in touch on the site through the comments section, or join the debate on Twitter.

By Harry Aitkenhead

About Harry Savill (Editor) (418 Articles)
I am the Editor of 'The Spectator's View'. I set up the website so that I could combine my two passions: Newcastle United and writing, and I hope for it to be a platform where fans can express their views on the club. History Graduate from Durham University. Junior Account Executive at M&C Saatchi.

4 Comments on Does the French Revolution Spell the End for this Veteran?

  1. He should have been sold years ago. His record must be the worst from any long serving striker in the Premiership. He is Championship material at best. Is more of a defender than striker in my eyes. How he’s survived this long no one knows. He has been taking up a ‘proper’ strikers place in the team for years and it really costs us as we can’t afford to expect him to score any goals in a match. Any good striker would have saved Newcastle’s blushes more times than Ameobi has or ever will, simply not good enough and for his surprisingly good performances against the Mackems he’s been treated as a hero. I find this rather ridiculous as I bet any good goal-scorer in his place would have probably propelled Newcastle further up the table. Ameobi you have been dragging the club back and I will celebrate when I finally see the end of you. Thanks for your goals against the Mackems it’s the only good thing I can remember you’ve done.

    I fully expect abuse from NUFC fans everywhere now because of their blind love for Ameobi. I will not change my opinion on him. Sir Bobby made mistakes as great as he was and keeping Ameobi among the team was one of them, as was signing the useless Carl Cort. Though as bad as Cort was he still was a better investment than Ameobi. Now we should not think twice about cutting loose from the ball and chain that is Ameobi.

  2. Archie Brand // January 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm // Reply

    Does it spell the end??

    God I hope so!

    You know your team is in trouble when you are bringing Bambi On Ice on to try to save the day

  3. give the lad a break 75 goals in 362 appearances is a 1 in 5 ratio for someone who has never been considered the main striker our club, how much did sisko cost ? carl cort ? michael owen? tomasson ? insert your own name here and price

    how many of those appearances were substitute

    how many appearances were when the bloke played almost a season receiving injections in his hip when others couldnt play and he postponed the hip operation to help the club

    Sir Bobby and numerous other managers have all seen fit to play him — why ? because they see someone willing to have a go for the club, someone who has been a good role model — nile ranger take note

    I dont think he will be the highest paid at the club

    get off his back there are plenty of others who have not given a joyt about this club who you shoud be pleased to see the back of first– nile ranger please take note

  4. Himanshu Dhingra // January 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm // Reply


    None of them played 350+ games,

    Shola has scored only 41 PL goals, rest in cups. poor poor record

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