Shola Qualifies For Testimonial

26 July 2010 11:58
Ten years service at one club used to guarantee a testimonial fixture . and by the rules of days gone by . Shola Ameobi qualifies. I'm not saying he will get one - because testimonials are not the order of the day anymore - but I'm just pointing out that the striker has been in the side (or there abouts) for ten years and STILL hasn't won over the fans. Ameobi's goal-scoring exploits in a Newcastle shirt may have been erratic but the former England Under-21 international says the Premiership holds no fears for him Ameobi: "I know I can score goals in the Premier League. "There's not really an established pecking order at the moment, which maybe wasn't always the case in the past when someone like Alan (Shearer) was around. "I was chosen to start last season and I scored a hat-trick in my first home game, but Andy (Carroll) got into the side and finished as top scorer. Things like that happen. "Nobody knows what's going to happen this season; you just have to make sure you give your all and make sure you're in the best possible shape to show the manager that you're ready for the task ahead. "It's going to be a big year for me personally, but then every year is a big year. It's been one injury after another for me in the last couple of seasons, but I can't do anything about that. "It's not as though there's a weakness there that's affecting me – it's been lots of different injuries that I haven't been able to do anything about. "I approach every season exactly the same. I want to put myself in the best shape to go out there and do my best as soon as the season begins." SHOLA AMEOBI CAREER RECORD: ] Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotal 2000–01 Newcastle United Premier League 20 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 2 2001–02 15 0 1 0 3 2 6 3 25 5 2002–03 28 5 1 1 0 0 10 4 39 8 2003–04 26 7 1 0 1 0 13 5 41 12 2004–05 31 2 5 3 2 1 7 3 45 7 2005–06 30 9 3 0 0 0 2 1 34 9 2006–07 12 3 0 0 0 0 4 3 16 5 2007–08 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 2007–08 Stoke City (Loan) Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2008–09 Newcastle United Premier League 22 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 4 2009–10 Championship 18 10 2 0 1 1 0 0 21 11 TotalEngland 214 42 15 3 9 4 41 12 279 63 Career Total2144215394411227963

Source: FOOTYMAD