I read in the papers today that Newcastle must stop their slide down the table against Swansea on Saturday afternoon, because they have dropped from 3rd in the table and are now in 7th place.
Sammy Ameobi – could he get a start on Saturday?
Heavens above how low can you go – if we were told we’d be reading that kind of commentary about the lads in December – back in August – we would not have believed it.
And just to put it in all perspective, Newcastle are doing really well this season, and we shouldn’t forget that.
But back to the current situation, and we should be able to get a win against Swansea and take ourselves up the table a little bit after slipping from 3rd to 7th place.
When you look at Swansea’s record of seven away games this season and only 2 points and only two goals scored, you would have to say Newcastle should be be big favorites to win this game.
But things don’t always work out as they should all the time, or even most of the time for that matter.
Just look at the Wigan game at home back in late October, when Wigan were near the bottom of the table and they played very well against Newcastle, and we had to scrape through with a 1-0 win and a great first goal from Yohan Cabaye on 81 minutes.
There’s no reason to panic with Newcastle’s situation at the moment, and that’s exactly what young Sammy Ameobi is telling fans this morning:
“There is no need to start panicking or worrying because we’re having a little spell. We’ve got massive talent in this squad and we’ll be able to stay up there,”
“We’ve had a little bit of a rough patch, that’s true. But which team in the league doesn’t have one? Even Manchester City have lost a game now.”
“We’ll be able to bounce back against Swansea – there’s a huge amount of confidence in the squad that we’ll be able to do that. There’s no fear from us and confidence is still very high.”
“To be where we are, we deserve it. We’ve got the talent to be seventh in the league and the injuries won’t affect us. It’s a small rough patch but we’ll come through it. We’re sure of that.”
“Next time I will think before complaining about the smallest things – imagine what those kids have to go through every day.”
Sammy was visiting the RVI (Royal Victoria Infirmary) yesterday in Newcastle, which is just across from the Newcastle University campus, and he is so right with that last line.
But generally you have to go through some tough times in life before you appreciate with what you’ve already have.
Be happy for what you have and not unhappy at what you haven’t got – is a thing I’ve told our kids a lot – and yes – it’s easier said than done for most of us – well those of us who are not perfect that is. 😀
Sammy really has a big heart, as does his older brother Shola, and he came on for a cameo appearance at Norwich last Saturday and he looked a very good player down the right wing.
For the record Sammy Ameobi now has 12 appearances and one goal for Newcastle, and the 19 year-old could even get a start ahead of Gabriel Obertan on Saturday.
We like, but we like the Frenchman and think he’s going to be improving and there’s a lot more to come form the former Manchester United player – he just needs more time to develop in black and white shirt.
And to end this article on some words from Sammy Ameobi as he tweeted after his RVI visit yesterday:
“Really enjoyed seeing the kids at RVI this afternoon. Just wish they could all get out to spend Christmas at home with their families.”
Good words from Sammy in this Christmas season.