Toon should not stand in the way of Shola's World Cup bid

By Lee Ryder on Nov 20, 09 08:39 AM

Shola Ameobi's Newcastle United career has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs - but as the player prepares to come back from injury to warm applause, the prospect of the Academy product playing at the World Cup finals in South Africa has suddenly left Chris Hughton facing showdown talks with the big striker.

The African Cup of Nations tournament in Angola poses bigger problems for Newcastle and Ameobi.

Not only will United be without their striker for up to a month, the chances of him returning back from Angola are high due to the dry and bumpy pitches in a tournament that has also never, ever lacked a physical edge - you could say that the African Nations Cup is a tournament that still includes full blooded challenges that would have the Alice band and gloves brigade of modern football in tears!

In theory Ameobi could miss all of United's games if Nigeria - his native country - get to the final.

That would see Shola miss four league games and at least one FA Cup game.

Perhaps, given that United have stayed at the top of the league without him, that is no major loss.

And with Peter Lovenkrands, Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger still here Hughton, to coin one of his favourite phrases, would have to "assess the situation" come January by which time he will have made a decision on whether to keep Marlon Harewood.

By not letting Shola go to the African Nations Cup though, Hughton will only be left with a miserable player who will feel his World Cup dream is about to slip away forever.



Mag_Laad said:

Hope he gets picked for Nigeria like would be great to see him upfront for nigeria in a kanu type role, imagine this nigeria international Shola Ameobi WOW! :) Hower Shola Laad!!!

Dave Owens said:

Quite right, we wouldn't want another Bobby versus Nobby situation. It says something for the club to have internationals playing for it. Good luck, Shola.

Mal said:

I don't think it reflects well on Shola that the first that the manager hears of this is through the press. It's really about time players respected more their own clubs and supporters and, whilst I accept that any player worth his salt will want to play in a World cup, there is a right and wrong way in going about things and this is definitely the wrong way. Shola has done absolutely nothing during his 10 years with us to justify the wages we have paid him, and a hat trick against mediocre opposition doesn't suddenly make him a super star. Give me Andy Carroll any day - he's already twice the player Shola will ever be.

Keith Hutton africa said:

Let him go if he makes the team which is an outside chance his price may go up and we can get rid of him. The truth is he will be lost in a country which is as forgiegn to him as it is to you. Football cultutre in Africa will be unsual to him and lets be honest he isn't good enough

james heal said:

shola who?? not missed him the three months he's been out so whats another month he's a plodding donkey anyway


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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