SHOLA Ameobi’s ready to dish out some capital punishment at Selhurst Park – as he looks to finally get off the mark in the Premier League.
The Newcastle United striker’s only goal so far this season came against Morecambe in the Capital One Cup.
Ameobi – who has been keeping Papiss Demba Cisse out of the starting XI in recent weeks – has ably supported leading scorer Loic Remy up front.
But the long-serving player has admitted to “frustration” at his lack of goals.
And his young brother Sammy – who is patiently waiting for his chance – doesn’t think it will be long before the Nigeria international is among the goals. “Everyone here knows he’s a top professional,” Sammy said.
“He’s going to keep striving. He’s playing well at the moment. I’m very proud of him.
“Hopefully, he can get some goals into his game.”
Sixth-placed Newcastle, held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at the weekend, face third-from-bottom Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The club has won its two home games under new manager Tony Pulis, and Ameobi Jnr is adamant that there will be no complacency in the United dressing room at Selhurst Park.
“We’re not going to under-estimate anyone,” said the 21-year-old.
“Hopefully, we can go and get some good results leading up to Christmas.”
Sammy’s only goal of the season also came in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena in late August.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are likely to be without their in-form striker Sergio Aguero for next month’s visit to St James’s Park.
Aguero – who has scored 19 goals in all competitions so far this season – is facing at least a month on the sidelines with a calf injury.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “I think he will be, at least, one month out.
“He has a calf injury. Maybe the doctor can say exactly how many weeks he will be.”
United entertain the Premier League title challengers on January 12 in a televised game.