Alan Pardew praises Shola Ameobi improvement

Shola Ameobi
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew claims that Shola Ameobi is improving as he gets older.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has claimed that Shola Ameobi is getting better with age.

The 30-year-old, who has often found himself down the pecking order of strikers at the Sports Direct Arena, scored his first goal of the campaign in Thursday's 3-0 win over Bordeaux in the Europa League.

"Shola is always desperate to play," Pardew explained to reporters. "Our fans now realise how important he is to us whereas I think in the past, they didn't.

"He is improving as he gets older. He is maturing like a good wine."

Pardew also revealed that Ameobi is in contention to start Sunday's visit of Manchester United in the Premier League.

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