Is This Newcastle Youngster A Future Newcastle Star?


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!

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42 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Great attitude and came in for a lot of unfair critism last time an article like this appeared. I think he’s a great option to bring on when we want to see out a game. He’s getting taller by the day as well.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Really like this lad and he show’s a lot of promise. People have a crack at his spindly legs and awkward runs, however, I wouldn’t want to be the defender to make a challenge.

    If he’s half as dedicated as his brother and continues to improve like he is then i see no reason why he can’t have a great future at Newcastle.

    From the last thread….can’t help but think if Debuchy had arrived in Newcastle there would be more reports on it, a photo, something.

    Although maybe we only get loads of coverage if it’s made up rubbish and the real stuff goes under the radar…let’s hope so anyway.

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #3

    If he scores we’re on the pitch.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Is our game on tv tonight?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Toonboy…No idea mate. Be nice to have a peak at Good, see what he’s about.

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  • walton1984

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    I must be Missing something i am yet too see what the big thing with Sammy is………hopefully this season i will find out

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    @Ibiza

    Lets. hope he is just as dedicated as his brother or even more, but I pray to God he will improve more than his brother 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Jesper…Notice I didn’t mention comparing their skills etc. Shola showed good promise when he was younger, injuries played a big part in his lack of progress, if you want to call it that. Let’s hope Sammy continues to improve. Be nice to have an Ameobi people don’t feel the need to bash.

    Walton…Sammy is the big thing. Is he really 7ft?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    If he can at least be as Peter Crouch. That’s good enough for me.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    @Ibiza

    I really think Sameobi has shown a lot of progress and potential this pre-season 🙂

    What ever happened to the middle brother?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Jesper…There’s a middle brother?

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  • Toon_Army

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    The Geordie Drogba

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    The middle brother isn’t very good at all, he plays abroad somewhere in scandinavia i think. Did play lower leagues here but was rubbish

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon_army…Love it.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Tomi ameobi?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Grafton…Surely not worse than Shola himself? I mean, he’s lower league standard at best, right? 🙂

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  • PAPPIS NEVAMISS

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    looked good in pre season when he’s had a run out and his attitude sounds spot on let’s just hope he can keep developing.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Is the middle brother Toby ameobi?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    PPB…No idea. Didn’t even know there was one. Which is it though? Toby or Tomi?

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Good point Ibizatoon but he really is worse than Shola.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I want it to be Toby like

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Grafton…For the record, I was joking. Shola has found his place. Super sub and mackem slayer. That is enough for me to love the guy 🙂

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #24
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #25

    PPB…I see no reason why we can’t just assume it is Toby. There, it is Toby. Toby Ameobi people. Write it down.

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #26

    This is club:

    Knattspyrnudeild UMFG, commonly known as Grindavík, is the football subdivision of the Ungmennafélag Grindavíkur athletic club located in the town of Grindavík in south-west Iceland.

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Has potential but hasn’t done anything particularly amazing to suggest he will be better than Shola.

    He runs up and down the wing a lot yeah, but in the preier league matches I attended last season he didn’t actually achieve anything from them.

    Feel we big up our youngsters too quickly, just leave him to develop and we will see, really think each youngster should have at leat 1 full season on loan at a lower league before they make our first team though, good learning experience.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Go Sammy – Hopefully an International superstar.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Hmm…Maybe there is a reason why we can’t then. There, it is Tomi. Tomi Ameobi people. Write it down.

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  • roadfighter

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #30

    to be more precise it is Oluwatomiwo “Tomi” Ameobi … 🙂

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  • roadfighter

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #31

    and Shola is Foluwashola “Shola” Ameobi. Sammy is Samuel “Sammy” Ameobi 🙂

    according to wiki at least…

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Foluwashola….A pretty common name in the North East I’d imagine?

    Seems by the time they had Sammy they had learned not to be so cruel to their kids 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Roadfighter…Do you ever take on streets or cul-de-sacs? Got pretty messed up by a lane once before….nasty night

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #34

    God you can hear the brain cell whirring in the Balearics as I type.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #35

    @ppB.

    So you bought the Rum? 😉

    So which was it; Toby or Tomi? or something third 😉 hehe

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  • roadfighter

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #36

    haha.. only when on the drink !!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Hatem…No whirring, it’s more of a rattling against the skull. Thank the Lord you’re here to balance things out.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Roadfighter…Ah yes, come to think of it, I had consumed one or two that night. Not a great idea, given my Amoeba status.

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Damn, that must be pretty upsetting if you can’t even be the best Ameobi brother….

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  • stevetoon85

    Aug 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #40

    If we’re all being honest….thier is no chance of Sammy becoming a “star” for Newcastle United. At best, he will do well be hold down a regular starting place over the next 4-5 years.

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