Introducing Sammy Ameobi – A Player For The Future

It was probably the first time most Newcastle fans had seen Sammy Ameobi play yesterday.

Sammy Ameobi – 10 years younger than Shola

Sammy just turned 19 on May 1st, and is the younger brother of Shola.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has also lavished praise on young Sammy today, after he played well on his Premier League debut, and went on a few nice runs.

Sammy had an excellent game in the Sage Northumberland Senior Cup Final last week against Blyth Spartans, and got a place on the bench yesterday, for that performance.

Alan Pardew seemed impressed with young Sammy, but of course he still has a lot to learn as we know:

“Sammy was great for the reserves last week. He’s got so much to learn, but he’s got talent,”

“He’s a different player to Shola, but he can travel with the ball and has quick feet.”

“I think he’s a player for the future for us.”

Sammy was born in Newcastle in 1992, and is one inch taller than his older brother Shola, standing a full at 6’3″, and he is about 10 years younger than Shola.

And Sammy is a different type of player too, and can play on the wing or up front as a striker.

He joined the famous Newcastle United Academy in July of 2008, and made his Reserve team debut in September of 2008 against Blackburn Rovers.

There is another Shola brother, Tomi, who is now 22 year old and currently at Leeds United, after passing through the Newcastle Academy.

Tomi is 6’1″, and all three brother are over 6′ tall – it’s got to be those MacDonald’s hamburgers. 😀

Part of Alan Pardew’s job as manager is to bring the youngsters through on Tyneside, and Newcastle have never been particularly good at handling young players.

In the past it was always the big money players who were given preference, however they played, but that has to change and change big time.

It is now a very important part of producing players for Newcastle’s future, and it’s vital that Alan and the coaching staff become proficient at bringing these youngsters through into the Newcastle first team.

But we have to say, from what we saw yesterday from our many youngsters,  gives us significant hope for the future of Newcastle.

The youngsters not only played well,  but had the same positive attitude as the seniors – never say die.

That was just great to see, and it’s just one reason Newcastle fans seem so upbeat after the game yesterday

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    May 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    he is like shola’s twin, but with hair

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    He best not be like Shola!!

  • toonincheek

    May 16, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Is it Sammy, Sammi or Sami?

  • dazza

    May 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Sami can wait, we need Nicky Maynard for next season!

  • Xenarious

    May 16, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Shame he has already been pinched by Nigeria 🙁 even though he was born and brought up in Newcastle.

  • Greg B

    May 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Tomi left Leeds in 2008, he now plays for BÍ/Bolungarvík in the Icelandic league.

    He never played for Leeds first team but played for Scunthorpe United on loan before moving to Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town (loan), Mansfield Town (loan), Forest Green Rovers, where he had a decent season last year before moving to Whitley bay and now Iceland – he has had more clubs than Nick Faldo!

    I have met Tomi (at a Leeds reserve game a few years ago) and can honestly say that he is one of the nicest, polite lads I have ever met, hence my interest in his career.

    I am not criticising the article at all, just thought some would be interested how the other Ameobi has been doing.

  • only1ameobi

    May 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Tomi isn’t at Leeds, he was a few years ago. He was on trial at Whitley Bay last year I think. He’s in Denmark or somewhere now I believe.

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Its Sammy

    Who has been snapped up by nigeria?

  • north east lincs toon

    May 16, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #9

    sammi who so i guess that will be less than 50 goals in the next ten years

  • Ezedoesit

    May 16, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #10

    The only thing that impressed me abut him was how he kept driving at defenders with the ball (N Zogbia like). He definitely put in a better cameo than the much hyped Lua Lua..

    Check out this funny video:

  • toonfan09

    May 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #11

    lualua has been out for 5 months with one week of training against former league champions who finished in second place in the premier league and almost set up a goal and got us the corner which resulted in our second goal give the lad a break

  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    lualua was good yesterday what u on about it was his cross that got the corner for the equaliser to be the kids just come back from broken ankle
    n sammy n ferguson looked good, like to tavernier start v wba the future looking

  • Klatoon

    May 16, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #14

    So comfortable with the ball and wanted to run at the opposition every time he had possession. He and Kazenga should start on the wings against W.Brom.


    Sammy Jonas Kazenga

    Joey Raylor

    Jose Collo Saylor Tavernier


    PS: The W.Brom game will be LIVE here in Kampala,cant wait to see the new kit and some more of the kids. HWTL

  • alex84

    May 16, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #15

    was it carr the twitter guy sayin we are in pole position for gervinho????

  • Brutooon

    May 16, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope sammy won’t learn from his lazy Brother

    But i do agreed Kazenga and Sammy Ameobi played well against Chelsea – both talents for the future

  • Birts

    May 16, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Any decent rumours floating around today then and I think zoggy would be good to have at the club like and he does seem to have matured like

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Would love N’Zogbia to come back. When he was here i loved him and was really annoyed at Kinnear for being Joe Kinnear and making Charles leave. Ben Arfa and N’Zog wing, Nolan CAM, New striker on their one.

  • Steve_48

    May 16, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #19

    This is just the best quote ever from Pardew:

    “He’s a different player to Shola, but he can travel with the ball and has quick feet.”

    Says a f*cking lot for Shola, oh hang on a minut 😉 😉 😉

  • Steve_48

    May 16, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Classic quote from Pardew:

    “He’s a different player to Shola, but he can travel with the ball and has quick feet.”

    Says a lot for Shola, oh, hang on a minute 😉

  • Jose Enrique

    May 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Birts

    There is no such thing as a decent rumour they are all made up!!!

  • Billy1985

    May 16, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    im sure tomi is at gateshead now

  • breadman

    May 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    he is taller than shola? oh my, to have a winger that height is a pretty scary thought for any full back. certainly hope to see either lua2/sammy start a match next week.

  • Birts

    May 16, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #24

    ya true there like enrique

  • Birts

    May 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #25

    was meant to say rumours of any decent players

  • GeordieGerman

    May 16, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Has Sammy played for the Nigerian seniors? If not he can still play for… England? Much like the Welbeck Ghana/England situation.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 16, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Wouldn’t want Zog, this is a new era for us, no looking back!

    Fair enough, he’s quality, but he’s too much hassle, touting himself to ‘bigger clubs’ as soon as he finds a bit of form.

    I’m beginning to think all we need is a star ST, a RW (Gervinho, think Drogba has done something similar to the Tiote deal for us 🙂 would be a great coup ) and Park Chu-Young from Monaco. Then invest heavily in facilities, expanding the scouting network etc.

    The only exception I’d make for a player returning, would be Woodgate on a 1 year roling pay-as-you-play deal – he’s out of contract. If he could get fit, he’d be a real asset, passing on his understanding to the likes of Remi Streete. What do people think?

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 16, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #29



    May 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Look lyk younger ameobi will be bettter dan the older donkey.

  • MonsterMagnet

    May 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Sammy can still play for England, just like Inman can still play for Australia. They’ve both played U20s and U21s for Nigeria and Scotland respectively, but can change at any moment. A senior cap is what makes a decision permanent.

  • Davies

    May 16, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #32

    “When he was here i loved him and was really annoyed at Kinnear for being Joe Kinnear and making Charles leave.”

    Pretty sure that was more Charles being Charles. He wanted out and Kinnear gave him an excuse. The most ridiculous excuse I’ve ever heard, but an excuse nonetheless. N’Zogbia may be talented, but he’s poison for morale.

  • Davies

    May 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordie German – That article’s got it wrong, he wasn’t posing as a gangster, he was posing as a striker.

    I don’t know why people were worrying about the fake gun. Even if it was a real gun he’s never likely to hit what he aims at when he shoots.

  • gorskino10

    May 16, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Impressed me, doubt he will score but he is tall and strong and did what Ranger did last game or so using his pace on the wings impressed me alot with the little time he had.

  • The Entertainers

    May 16, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #35

    @ Davies, very funny mate!

  • kilcline

    May 16, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #36

    i agree with coolcatcarter89 about woodgate


    May 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Does anyone notice he looks about seventy in that pic and his hair looks like a wig!!!!!

  • Geordie Jonny

    May 16, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #38

    I was in the same year as Sammy at school and it’s great to see him playing for the first team

  • bollokheed

    May 16, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #39

    @coolcatcarter,, woodgate was hardly ever fit mate,imo it would be a backward step, as regarding zog ,he can be awesome ,an when he left i was gutted, but if he comes back he gotta stop with the primadonna attitude,, ah feck it would still have him back like .HWTL.. KTF.

  • SimmiYoung

    May 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Tomi Ameobi is playing here in Iceland like Greg B said, he’s had one game for BÍ/Bolungarvík and scored on his debut.


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