"For me it is all about match fitness and getting back into contention.
"Goals are important for my confidence, but I am just happy to be back out there."
And speaking on his hip problem, Shola added: "It is the first time I haven't felt it now.
"It has been a long road and I am finally over that now and I can just look forward to playing for Newcastle.
"I was happy to get through unscathed again and now I am ready for Aston Villa."