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Will ‘Newcastle misfit’ fire Stoke into Premier?

It’s fair to say that Shola Ameobi’s footballing career has never really got going. The gangly striker has made just 95 starting appearances for Newcastle United in the past eight seasons and it’s therefore a surprise that he’s only decided to go out on loan at this stage of his career. Sky Sports report that Championship table toppers Stoke City have taken the player on loan until the end of the season as they make a final push for the promised land of the Premier League.

Can the England Under-21 international be the final piece in the jigsaw as far as the Potters’ promotion quest is concerned, or will he flatter to deceive, much as he’s done throughout his time at St James’ Park? It’s certainly a risky move when you consider Ameobi has featured for the Magpies on only eight occasions this season, many of them as a substitute.

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