Ameobi spent 14 years at Newcastle and some of the club’s greatest players have made his 1-11
Across a 14-year stay at Newcastle United, Shola Ameobi played alongside some of the greatest Magpies players of the Premier League era.
Ameobi made his debut for the Magpies in 2000 and was part of Sir Bobby Robson’s side who enjoyed successful Champions League and UEFA Cup campaigns.
He was also part of Alan Pardew’s side who finished fifth in the Premier League and reached the Europa League quarter-finals.
Those two sides were arguably the two most talented Magpies sides of the 21st century.
So when Ameobi was asked to pick the greatest team of players he played alongside for Premier League Today, it is little wonder that the squad he is picked is largely made up of players from those sides.
Unsurprisingly, Shay Given would be in goal and his back four would include Nobby Solano playing as an uncoventional right-back, while Jonathan Woodgate – widely regarded by Newcastle fans as the best defender the club has had during the Premier League era – is at centre-back.
Although Ameobi later became a Nigeria international, he was capped 18 times by England under-21s. There he played alongside future England and Chelsea stars John Terry and Wayne Bridge – both of whom make up the back four.
In a three-man midfield, Ameobi has selected former Newcastle stars Kieron Dyer and Gary Speed alongside Yohan Cabaye.
Ameobi then selected a front three that would send shivers down the spine of any defence. Highly talented former Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa and Wilfried Zaha – who Ameobi briefly played alongside at Crystal Palace – would flank Premier League and Newcastle United record goalscorer Alan Shearer.
Ameobi also selected Shearer as captain and described him as the ‘best natural goalscorer’ ever to grace the Premier League.
The 37-year-old also picked a seven-man bench which comprised of former Magpies team-mates Steve Harper, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Craig Bellamy, Loic Remy and Demba Ba, alongside Chelsea’s on-loan Fenerbahce winger Victor Moses, who Ameobi played alongside with the Nigerian national team.
Ameobi’s Best XI: Shay Given, Nolberto Solano, Jonathan Woodgate, John Terry, Wayne Bridge, Kieron Dyer, Yohan Cabaye, Gary Speed, Hatem Ben Arfa, Wilfried Zaha, Alan Shearer
Substitutes : Steve Harper, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Victor Moses, Craig Bellamy, Loic Remy, Demba Ba