19 year-old Sammy Ameobi has now joined up with the England U21 squad, and he will be hoping he makes his debut for the side on Thursday, when they play Iceland at Colchester in their Group 8 qualifier.
Sammy Ameobi – after scoring that great goal at Scunthorpe
Shola’s younger brother is only one of the players who seem to have thrived under manager Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
Alan seems to have brought the best out of a lot of Newcastle’s existing squad, and as an example the defense, which has done so very well so far this season, has no new players in it from those that were at the club two years ago – Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor.
Of course that’s always the sign of a good coach, and in many ways it’s the only measure of a coach – how well can he can get his players to play for him.
Sammy has talked to the local Newcastle press about how exciting things have been this season at the club:
“Everyone is buzzing – to be where we are in the Premier League after 11 games isn’t easy.” “But we’re all looking forward to Manchester City and the next few games.”
“It’s amazing, and hopefully we can keep it going. I know the next three games are tough.” “Yet we go there with confidence and can’t wait for it.”
“To beat a top team like Everton takes a lot of work.” “We all worked hard, and got the win, which is great. “ “To make my debut at St James’ Park for the first team was a great honor.”
“I had a great reception from the fans, and I was honoured. I’m not going to take anything for granted.” “Basically, the manager told me to take the pressure off the team when I got the ball and just run at defenders.”
“That’s what I tried to do, and we got the win in the end.” “I had a few chances, one when I first came on, which I was a bit disappointed about.” “It was just good to get minutes under my belt for the first team, which is what you want.”
“It’s about the defensive part as well, which is what I need to learn.” “It’s not just about the fancy part of football.” “That’s what the manager’s trying to teach me.”
“I can get better and better at that, and make more impact when I come on. “ “It was a dream come true since I first saw Shola play here against Chelsea about 10 years ago.”
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in front of so many great fans.” “To have done that was amazing, and I’ll never forget it. “
Sammy did very well on Saturday, especially near the end when he made three good runs down the left wing, and in two of those cases won a corner, as Newcastle were attempting to play out time and preserve their 2-1 lead and take all 3 points.
But it could be that Newcastle will show us all how good they are in the next three league games against the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
And we have to admit the game we are a little worried about is the next game at Manchester City, with the other two sides not in particularly good form or high on confidence at the moment.
If Newcastle can somehow get a decent points haul from those games, Alan Pardew’s star will continue to rise on Tyneside.
That’s what we hope happens.
Who knows, after those three games Newcastle could still be in the top three.
Howay The Lads!!