A Bigger Sammy Ameobi Will Test Defenses Next Season

Even if Newcastle don’t sign any players in the summer, which will not be the case of course, the club has some excellent talent coming through.

A good close-up of 20 year-old Sammy Ameobi

Newcastle have youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier coming through from the youth ranks, and we will also see a fit Sylvain Marveaux next season.

And the French u21 International could look like a new player next term.

Sammy Ameobi was impressive before he picked up his knee injury, and the 20 year-old appeared 13 times with one goal for Newcastle last season,  and picked up a couple of England U21 caps too.

And Assistant Manager John Carver thinks Sammy will be stronger next season:

“Sammy’s had one of those breakthrough seasons, to a degree,”

“The injury’s sort of hampered his progress, but next year’s a big year for him. He’s grown another inch, as well – he’s about 6ft 8ins!”

“Sammy and Ferguson are the two from within who have really been a bonus for me.”

It’s true tha Sammy is now taller than he used to be – he was listed at 6’3″ at the start of  last  season – and now he’s listed at half an inch over 6’4″.

It must be that growth hormone stuff in those McDonald’s hamburgers.

But he is now over two inches taller than his brother Shola, so the 30 year-old had better watch out with young Sammy from now on. 😀

Sammy was always hard to defend against, with those gangly legs of his, and with him being even taller now, it will not make it any easier  for the opposing defenders.

We know Alan Pardew was disappointed that not enough youngsters were coming through the Academy into the first team squad, and that led to about 12 young players being released this summer from the Newcastle Development squad.

But on the other hand,  we have these top lads coming into the first team pool, and Sammy could be a nice surprise again next season, and it helps that Newcastle will have additional games in Europe.

Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid  have to show through next season, and we expect Shane Ferguson to get a lot more games.

Shane looked a very good player at the end of last season, and we also think that young James Tavernier might surprise fans next term, by how good he has become out on loan.

There’s no doubt things are looking up at Newcastle these days – big time!

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Sammy is going to be superb next year. I can give a guarentee on it.

  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    They Reckon even Simpson cant stop him in training.

  • Beattie25

    May 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    First 6 months Sammy needs a loan to get up to speed then bring him back!

  • jayphoto

    May 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    actually excited about sammi’s potential! Reckon he’ll get starts in the europa league and carling cup! Shame about his injury because the left side of that 4-3-3 we played in feb and march would have suited his game coming off the bench!

  • danuneek

    May 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not too sure about Sammi, I’m usually good as spotting the difference between a good player and a quality player early on.

    For me, football is all about that first touch. Its so crucial, the quicker you have the ball under control the longer you have to make decisions. Unfortunately Sammi’s touch isn’t great. He looks really athletic and full of running, but too much like a quicker version of his brother. He never looks like he’s got the ball fully under control and could fall over or over run it. Compare that to Marveaux, we haven’t seen much of him but when we have his touch has been fautless.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    If Sammy can learn and develop some of his brothers attributes in hold up play and beating up defenders then he will be looking like a serious prospect for the future.

    He appears to have good speed but looks unbalanced like his brother, I’m not saying he is unbalanced but just that he looks unbalanced.

    I wonder if he has a jump as a positive minded 6’4’’ who can jump is a serious problem for defences for example AC.

    Things are looking very promising in general.

  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Sammi has a great first touch plus he has pace and physical presence, wot more do you want. Beware the PL here comes Sammy Ameobi.

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    May 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I think theres a lot of hype around Sammy although he done ok when he came on for the first team and had a couple genius moments it wasn’t breath taking stuff. He has A looooooong way to go fans have to stop seeing these academy players with rose tinted glasses and be realistic. Yes he could turn out to be outstanding but he could also fail to fulfill his potential. I hope he comes good and I’d like to see him nurtured as a striker so he can use his size and pace against CBs rather than the one crossing the ball.

  • tenpointnine

    May 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    What about Remy Streete? Does anyone know how he is progressing?

  • markmac

    May 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10

    if he and fergy can get some muscle on them they should be big players next year, really like fergy tho he looks quality on the ball

  • sirjasontoon

    May 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I think he has looked shite to be honest every time I have seen him.
    Shown little potential – I would ship him out on loan see if he comes good over a season in the championship.

  • thebionicMAG

    May 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #12

    He needs to be stronger… I’d love to train him, id whip his and all of their arses into shape.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #13

    danuneek – You hit the nail on the head there mate. I have to agree with you especially with your comparison between his first touch and that of Marveaux’s. He is still learning and I still see him too raw for the EPL and very similar to Ranger who is a hit and miss. Very athletic but does he really have an end product? I would send him to the Championship on loan so he can learn his trade well. I am more excited at seeing more of Abeid and Ferguson to be honest.


  • richardj1986

    May 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #14

    We have got to play them… Kyle walker at spurs rings a bell in Pardews ear. England contender until injury….

  • Grafton83

    May 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #15

    I can’t believe he’s getting so heavily criticized on here. He’s still very young, I thought he was an absolute nuisance at times, very tricky to get the ball off him and he scored one or two. For me he’s got a very bright future and I’d love to see him coming off the bench or playing in a few cup matches.


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