Sammy Ameobi, the 19 year-old younger brother of Shola, is one of the young guns who came through big time under Alan Pardew last year.
Sammy Ameobi – what a goal this lad scored at Scunthorpe!
Along with other youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid and James Tavernier we expect these youngsters to come through at Newcastle this coming year.
And if most of them are fighting for a first team starting position by the end of this year, then things will be working perfectly.
It seems like Sammy cannot believe the progress he has made at Newcastle in these last 12 months, but it’s a very good sign that manager Alan Pardew is doing his job at Newcastle, and giving the youngsters a chance at the Tyneside club.
Sammy seems to have the right attitude and he ahd this to say today on the Newcastle web-site:
“It’s been a very good year for me. The progress has been amazing – so quick,”
“I was probably playing for the Reserves somewhere this time last year. At the beginning of 2011 I never thought I would be where I am today.”
“To finish the year playing at Anfield against Liverpool is a big step for me and I loved every minute of it.”
“To get an opportunity is fantastic, and you have to take them when they come along, so hopefully I can keep building from here.”
“With everything that’s happened to me, it doesn’t sink in. Sometimes I sit there and just think ‘wow’. I’m so grateful for that and will never take it for granted.”
“Getting a regular spot in the starting line-up – that’s my goal for 2012. Hopefully I will be able to achieve that.”
Sammy has done well so far, but he must keep his head down and keep working very hard and listen to what the Newcastle coaches are telling him, and he then has every chance to become a good player at his home club.
And having watched the Sunderland game today, it looks like Martin O’Neil is already transforming them into a decent side, and they had a good win against Manchester City today at the Stadium of Light.
But they were under the cosh for most of the game, and just hanging on in the second half at 0-0 as City mounted wave after wave of attacks.
And with three minutes of extra time left, it looked like they had survived – just.
And then would you believe a breakaway goal right at the end of the game, from South Korean Dong-Won Ji, who scored after exactly 2 minutes and 59 seconds of added time.
The kicked off and the final whistle was blown, and if you had wrote this kind of stuff, nobody would have believed you.
But it seems that our easy ways with Sunderland and Geordie Steve Bruce may be a thing of the past, as the derbies are now likely to be a lot more competitive under O’Neil.
The home game against Sunderland should be a good game on Saturday March 3rd, with Sunderland now only 9 points behind us having made up 7 points on Newcastle in the five games Martin has been in charge.
They include three wins and and a draw, and in their first 14 league games they managed only two wins.
So it looks we will now need to beat Manchester United on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park – nothing less – and then wallop Sunderland in early March – so there’s 6 points in the bag. 😀
And finally, when I wrote in the last article that it’s 10 years this site has been up, since April of 2007, I was being light-hearted and it was meant as a joke.
And no, I am not losing my mind, well not yet anyway!