There were some positive things to take out of yesterday’s defeat at Manchester City.
Sammy Ameobi move past Gael Clichy yesterday
And one of them was the form shown by 19 year-old Sammy Ameobi, who didn’t look out of place out on the right wing.
Sammy got his chance because both Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan were out injured, and we may see Gabriel return to the starting side on Saturday at Old Trafford, if he can recover from his toe infection.
Sammy has looked good whenever he’s played for the first team, and he must have convinced England U21 manager Stuart Pearce, because after making his debut for the U21s as a first half sub against Iceland, he started the next game in Belgium last week.
Sammy was asked if the 3-1 scoreline was representative of the game yesterday:
“I don’t think so,” “We put up a good fight and we had a load of chances – we just unfortunately couldn’t finish them and they got two penalties.”
“We worked ever so hard but just unfortunately didn’t get a result today.” “But we’ll go onto next week and take it day by day.” “Everyone’s a bit disappointed but obviously we’ve had a magnificent start to the season.”
“We’ve been excellent so far, so hopefully we can take it on from here.” “Any team wants to lose as few matches as possible and that’s what we plan to do from here on in.”
“It’s so, so hard,” “We did what we could but it wasn’t enough, so we’ll just build on what we’ve got at the moment.”
“It was a massive moment. It’s a big stepping stone in my career and I’d like to take it from here.”
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the defeat but to get my opportunity with Newcastle United is what I’ve always dreamed of so I’m very proud today.”
Sammy may not start next Saturday at Manchester United if Gabriel Obertan is fit and looks good in training, but he could still see some action.
We’ve always though Sammy could surprise us this season by coming through quickly, and nothing that’s happened in the last six weeks or so makes us feel any differently on that.
For the record, the England U21 International has now played 9 times for Newcastle with the one super goal at Scunthorpe, and eight of those appearances have been this season.
And Newcastle have rewarded the youngest Ameobi brother with a new contract last Thursday, and we now understand it was a three-and-a-half year contract extension, which will keep him at the club until June, 2015
We look to Sammy to keep on improving throughout the season.