Sammy Ameobi is a player likely to see some action in the Carling Cup 4th round tie at Blackburn Rovers tonight.
Sammy Ameobi – after scoring great winner at Scunthorpe
Sammy is one of Newcastle’s many bright young stars, and he has so far played 5 times for the club, with one amazing goal – the winner at Scunthorpe United two months ago on the 25th August – in the second round of the Carling Cup.
Sammy also made a substitute appearance in the 3rd round 4-3 win at Nottingham Forest, but that’s the last action he has seen in the Newcastle first team, with Alan Pardew tending to pick an unchanged side in the league, and fringe players getting their chances as substitutes.
Alan Pardew has talked about how well grounded the two Ameobi brothers are at Newcastle, and he puts that down to the parents, whom he has met and he credits them for the two brothers being such good characters both on and off the field of play.
Sammy is of course is a smashing lad, and he shows tremendous promise as a player, and seems to possess more skills than his brother Shola, who is over 10 years older than Sammy and has played in the Newcastle first team since the great Bobby Robson gave him a chance back in 2000.
And Newcastle are starting to do as well as they did under Bobby, and there’s an unexpected excitement surrounding Newcastle United this season, with the lads being 4th in the Premier League, and just amazingly a single point out of second place right now.
With the team doing so well and competition for places being tougher than they’ve been for many many seasons, Sammy has to work hard for his chance on Tyneside.
Sammy had this to say today:
“It makes things a bit harder for me to get a game but I want the best for the club,” “I’m not just thinking about getting a run-out, I want the best for Newcastle as well.”
“You’d never have thought we’d still be unbeaten in all competitions. It’s been a great start for the club and everyone’s playing well at the moment so you really have to fight for your place. I’m looking forward to it.”
“In the Carling Cup you’re going to give younger players the opportunity to show what they can do.” “The mmanager’s given me that opportunity in the past and hopefully I will get it again at Blackburn.”
“Hopefully I can do what I do. For me it’s about hard work. I’d like to think I’ve got the talent and ability to be a good player but the effort you put in, that’s what I’m working on at the moment.”
“Shola’s a massive part of my life,” “He’s been a massive inspiration on and off the field. He always keeps me in check when I’m not doing things right. If needs be he gives me the odd telling off. “
“He’s harsher with me than the coaching staff are. He’s been a massive help to me.” “Having played my first game at the end of last season I was always going to be really excited to come back after pre-season.”
“Hopefully it’s going to be a really good season.” “I get recognized a lot more now but I’m not going to let it get to my head. I’m still the same lad I was before I made my debut.”
“The manager’s shown great faith and trust in me to put him in his squad over the past months. He’s given me that leeway to just go out without any responsibility and express myself and stuff, which is good.”
“The manager’s very good at making you feel a part of it.” “It’s been amazing,” “We started off so well and we’re in dreamland at the moment. Hopefully we can keep that going. It’s great to be part of.”
With Sammy coming through so well this year, he along with other top young talent like Abeid, Vuckic, Santon and Gosling are some of the reasons why the first team squad is so much stronger than it was last season.
Newcastle do have Cheick Tiote and possible Steven Taylor missing for tonight’s game through injury, but the squad has also been able to stay fit and that has allowed Alan Pardew to pick unchanged side.
But if there are injuries, which of course there will be as a matter of course as the season progresses, players like Sammy Ameobi can get the job done for the club, just like he did at Scunthorpe with just a tremendous winning goal in extra time. Have another look at Sammy’s great goal.
Maybe Sammy, who doesn’t turn 20 until next May Day, can do a similar thing for the side tonight?