Former Newcastle left back Stuart Pearce, now managing the England U21 side told Sammy Ameobi, after his England U21 debut on Thursday night, that he was delighted with the youngster’s performance and thought Sammy played really well.
Sammy Ameobi – Pearce impressed with the Newcastle youngster
The 19 year-old had only been called up to the squad on Tuesday evening, because of injuries to the squad, and had expected a quiet time on the bench.
But an injury to Nathan Delfouneso after only 11 minutes, forced a substitution and Sammy got his chance.
And he took his chance in great style, and made some very good runs down the left wing, and played the rest of the game.
The youngster stands 6’3″ tall, one inch taller than his older brother Shola, and with his height and gangly way of running, and those long legs of his, we’re sure defenders are not quite how or where to tackle him.
But make no mistake about it, this Newcastle-born youngster has every chance to come through and be a top player for Newcastle, and better than his brother, and the lad certainly has the confidence and temperament to become a great player for Newcastle.
This is what Sammy said after the game:
“It was amazing to make my international debut,” “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s been an amazing few months for me. I’ve been given the opportunity to play for Newcastle, and I’ve now had the opportunity to play for England Under 21s. It’s been amazing.”
“I couldn’t quite believe what happened on Thursday night. I thought it would be a quiet night for me, and that I may get ten or 15 minutes at the end if I was lucky. But one of the boys got injured and I got my opportunity.”
“I wasn’t nervous. I thought I would, but I was quite confident in my ability and just wanted to get out there and do well for the team.” “I was happy with my performance. In the last ten minutes my legs began to feel a bit heavy, but we put in a very strong performance and it was great to get the win.”
“It was a hard debut, but I thought I fitted in quite well and was pleased with it. Stuart Pearce said afterwards that he was delighted with my performance and that I played really well.” “That is great to hear and hopefully I get another opportunity and go on from there.”
“We have Belgium on Monday and I hope to be involved again.” “It’s more experience and more games, which is what I need at this point,” “I need to keep building in confidence and playing at a higher level all the time. “
“I’m absolutely buzzing with what has happened with Newcastle and England so far, and just want to take that forward now.”
Alan Pardew had talked to the 19 year-old before he left on Tuesday night to join up with the England squad, and Alan told him to play for England as he played for Newcastle.
And it seems he did just that, and caught the eye with his performance, and we’ll have to see if he is involved in England’s next game in Belgium on Monday night.
We’d like to see him start that game on Monday night, but also come through it uninjured, as he is likely to be on the Newcastle bench for the very important game at Manchester City next Saturday afternoon.