Local Lad Making His Mark At Newcastle


Sammy Ameobi is one of the players who is coming through strongly for Newcastle this season, along with Shane Ferguson, and we expect the 20 year-old to start tomorrow night – maybe on the left wing – when we take on Club Brugge in the Europa League.

Sammy Ameobi – comes on for Demba Ba at Liverpool

And when Sammy came into the last two league games, he set up Papiss Cisse’s first league goal of the season against West Brom (that’s one way of putting it), and then he didn’t look at all out of place last Sunday at Anfield, when he came on for the injured Demba Ba four minutes into the second half

Sammy has talked to the local press today:

“Every game is a massive game, but for the young players coming through like myself, the European games have been even more important this season because they’re generally the ones we’ve been playing.”

“It’s been a fantastic experience so far, and hopefully we’ll get another chance to show what we can do in Brugge. It’s another big opportunity to show we deserve to be here, and at this stage in our careers, it’s important to grasp every opportunity that comes along.”

“As young players, you can sometimes go months without getting anywhere near the first team, but because of all the matches we’re playing at the moment, that hasn’t been the case here. That’s fantastic, but brings a pressure to perform.”

“It’s especially valuable to be playing European matches away from home because you learn so much.” “It’s different to even playing away in the Premier League and I think we, as young players, will benefit so much from the experience of travelling away to play teams in a foreign setting.”

“It takes you out of your comfort zone. You travel to different places, and you also experience different styles of football as well. That’s great for our experience as young players coming through.

“Shola did it at the start of his career and learned so much – I think we’re learning a lot from this as well.”

The younger Ameobi brother now has four appearances so far this season in the first team, and the 20 year-old has played 18 times in total for Newcastle, with one great goal at Scunthorpe in the League Cup last year.

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3 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Nov 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    he didn’t look out of place??

    he lost the ball 3 times and looked so clumsy, i thought he was poor.

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  • lloydie780

    Nov 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Totally agree lewytoon, bar the goal he scored he seems very uncomposed on the ball and seems to lose it alot with his dribbling. Much prefer Ferguson who looks far more relaxed and composed. Personally dont rate him as high as everyone else seems to. End of the day i am a fan and would love it if i he became world class but to me he doesn’t look like a footballer.

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    So similar to Shola – looks awkward on the ball yet so often deceives defenders and gets past them to set up a dangerous situation.

    Give him a bit more time to develop – although as he becomes a regular, defenders will get to know his game better and may not be beaten so regularly.

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