Sammy Ameobi, he’s our 20 year-old 7′ tall striker/winger, looked really good for Newcastle last season before he got injured in early January, which was during the 3-1 Reserve team win over Wigan Athletic, and he missed the rest of the season, which was really unfortunate for the youngster.
Sammy Ameobi – in action against Braga on Saturday night
But that was not before Stuart Pearce had called him into the England U21 squad and handed him a couple of caps for the England Youth side, and his brother Shola played 20 times for the U21 side, with 7 goals.
Sammy played a couple of times last year for the Nigeria U20 side, so if he keeps improving he will need to choose which country he wants to represent, if he becomes good enough to play for England.
Sammy has 13 appearances for Newcastle with one goal, and before he got injured last year he was regularly brought on as an impact sub by manager Alan Pardew, and we could see him in the same role next season.
There’s also a chance that Sammy could become a starter for Newcastle, and it would be good to see at least one of our top youngsters make the break-through in the coming season.
Sammy was interviewed in the Evening Chronicle today, and this is what he had to say:
“I have a great manager here – he has given me my opportunity to play, which I really appreciate and do not take for granted.” “Hopefully, I can keep impressing, and show him I am ready to play for him.”
“The manager is looking at me on both wings and behind a striker, which is good.” “The more versatile I am, the better chance I have of playing, really.” “I am just enjoying my football. I will keep on doing what I am doing.”
“It was good to get the win, and win a trophy.” “That is what we are working on – winning games.” “It was a good way to start off and we will see how we go from here.” “We knew before it was going to be a tough game against Braga.”
“We did not take them for granted, and it was good to get the win over them.” “We got ahead, they came back into the game, but we kept pushing and got that goal.” “It was a great goal from Ryan Taylor.”
“Apparently my goal was offside, but that is football.” “I will just continue doing what I am doing, and hopefully I will score more goals as pre-season goes on.” “We will get back to football as soon as we are back to England.”
“Then we are off to Holland – we are looking forward to that.”
Alan Pardew will ensure that Sammy keeps his head down, and it seems the 20 year-old is only too willing to do exactly what Pardew tells him on the field, and he seems a good learner.
Sammy has every chance to make this a break-through season for himself, and we’re hoping that’s exactly what happens, although he has some strong competition in front of him for a place on either wing, or as a withdrawn striker.
And by the way his current real height is just a mite under 6’5″ – but he’s still growing!