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WOLVES are a fast, dy­namic, coun­ter­at­tack­ing side. So well done to Kenny Jack­ett for shelv­ing plans to sign Shola Ameobi.

The 33-year-old spent last week on trial at Mo­lineux and those who watched his per­for­mances for the Un­der-21s tell of a player about ten yards off the pace.

This could, of course, be the re­sult of three months’ un­em­ploy­ment fol­low­ing his re­lease by Crys­tal Palace. But, hav­ing watched Ameobi many times for New­cas­tle over the last decade, I’d ar­gue it’s his de­fault set­ting.

Even in the flush of youth, the striker was in­fu­ri­at­ingly pon­der­ous. Now, slower and heav­ier, he looks like a man play­ing the game in slow mo­tion.

Ask any­one who’s worked with Ameobi and they’ll at­test to his tal­ent, trot­ting out the clas­sic ‘you should see him in train­ing’ line. But, at no point over the last 14 years, has he ever both­ered prov­ing it to the rest of us.

And, when you can’t even im­press be­hind closed doors any more, it’s prob­a­bly time to call it a day.


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