Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Sho Pleased to Have Known You! Model Professional Ameobi Deserved to Sign off in Style

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Sho Pleased to Have Known You! Model Professional Ameobi Deserved to Sign off in Style

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EING described as an honest trier in sport is never a good thing.

BIt is code, basically, for someone not being all that good.

Not that trying or honesty are bad things, but rather you need a bit more than just that to become genuinely excellent at something. Hard work only beats talent when the talent does not work hard.

At school, I was your quintessential honest trier when it came to football and rugby. I was never late. Always gave my best - and it was some way from being average.

It must be really disheartening to be a professional footballer and to be labelled as an honest trier.

Anyone who "makes it" as it were has to be really good. It is just that, compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, there is no true comparison to the vast majority of pros.

There are plenty with hundreds of Premier League appearances behind them who could not be described as great players. Good, perhaps, but not great.

There are many going to the World Cup in Brazil who, at best, could go under the heading of journeyman.

One of them is Shola Ameobi, even if his football journey only took him away from Newcastle United once - to Stoke on a loan.

Big Shola scored on his last match at St James' Park on Saturday.

He ghosted away from his marker to aim a header into the net from close range. It was a clever bit of football which led to what in the end was a simple goal.

I was delighted for him. It has been said many times in these pages Shola, he is rarely called by his surname, is a great bloke who it is impossible not to warm to.

After all his years of service, I am glad he signed off with a goal.

Was he ever a great player? Perhaps. In patches, but the 32-yearold is epitome of a footballer who is both honest and tried in every single game.

Shola did not become the player Sir Bobby Robson thought he could be. His career at Newcastle shall be measure in longevity rather than in his goals, apart from the seven scored against Sunderland and his ability to do well in Europe. …

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