Date: 20th July 2006 at 12:45pm
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Yes, that was what we reported LAST WEEK, and Roeder went with a strike formation of Albert Luque and James Milner.

We don’t expect Roeder to spill the beans on everything, but we have to report what the fella says, and to be honest you feel as though you walk away from a press conference knowing less than when you went in! And with Ameobi being the only recognised striker on the books following Alan Shearer’s retirement, Michael Owen’s injury and Michal Chopra’s departure for Cardiff … we did expect Ameobi to start at St James’ Park last week.

Ameobi must return to the starting line-up for the vital Intertoto Cup clash with Lillestrom in Norway, as the pressure is on the Newcastle manager to get a result.

Goals are not what this team is all about, and despite a wealth of experience in the side, Nobby Solano is the top scorer in the current squad!

Roeder: ‘As far as I’m concerned, Shola Ameobi is an established player at Newcastle United, so it’s not an opportunity for him because he did fantastically well for me (at the end of last season.)

‘He scored a goal every other game, and if he can keep that up throughout the season and we find another striker that tops him, our strikers will have scored plenty of goals by the end of the season.

‘The opportunity really arises now for Albert. It’s now his turn to step up on to the stage and show everyone what he can do.’