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