Shola Ameobi has no problem with being kept out of the Newcastle side by Leon Best, and believes his forward teammate is worthy of his place in Alan Pardew's starting XI.

Ameobi had to settle for a place on the bench on Saturday - having started in the previous outing against Queen's Park Rangers - as Newcastle secured a deserved point at Villa Park.

The decision to start Best ahead of Ameobi paid dividends for Pardew, with the former levelling for the Toon after Gabriel Agbonlahor had given Aston Villa an early lead.

It was Best's ninth goal in his last 12 Barclays Premier League starts and, says Ameobi, represents a man full of confidence right now.

“He’s just grown in confidence, that’s what scoring goals does for you, especially strikers,” the Magpies striker told the Journal.


“When he first joined us he found it difficult to adjust. Experience is a big thing and he’s continued to grow. He’s leading the line well and getting goals.

“You want to be pushed all the way. That’s what I’ve got to do to get my place back. It can only bode well for the team.

“I was disappointed to get injured after the Sunderland performance. When you come in you want to take your chance.

“I’m never going to moan when a player does well for the team. I just have to work hard to show the manager I’m worth a place. No one deserves to be playing, you have to earn that. I’m no different.”

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