Sammy Ameobi has come storming back this season, after missing the last half of last season with injury, and the two times capped England U21 International has been recalled to the England U21 squad by former Newcastle full-back Stuart Pearce for the game against Northern Ireland on Tuesday.
Sammy Ameobi – has two caps for the England U21 side
And when Shola Ameobi and Sammy started the match against Club Brugge on Thursday night at St. James’ Park, they emulated the Robledo brothers in the 1950s, who were born in Chile.
Sammy has been interviewed in the Mail, and he was asked if he thinks he can get to the stage of wearing that famous number 9 shirt, that has been worn by Newcastle greats like Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer.
This is what Sammy had to say:
“I would love to get to that stage. It’s still at the beginning for me but hopefully one day.” “Everyone dreams of playing for their local club. I’ve had that opportunity to do so and I’m really grateful.”
“Obviously Andy has moved on now. It’s something we’ve had to deal with and we got Papiss who’s a great player.” “But I am only in a position where I have just started to play for the first-team. “
“I am not getting ahead of myself. I am just on the verge but I feel that I’m beyond that point where I am the new kid on the block.” “I am here to start making a difference in games now and showing I want to get to the top.”
“It’s a very humble way and we’re really grateful.” “Especially in my case, a young player who’s on the rise. It can go to your head.” “I’ve always been taught that’s not the right way to go. At my age, I keep myself grounded.”
“All the family would come after me at the same time if I stepped out of line.” “But Shola has been a massive role model. He’s been through what I’m going through and that’s been a big help to me.”
“Hundreds of thousands of players want to be at the top of the game but he has said I am capable of reaching my goals if I just put the effort in.” “It is all about hard work, whatever ability you have got.”
“Our family watched the game and they were all really proud.” “To get even one son playing is a great privilege. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have two. They’ve brought us up to be proud of ourselves but not think we’re better than anyone else.”
It’s always a little dangerous to think too far ahead, and what could be – and it’s much better for Sammy to keep his feet on the ground, and take every game as it comes, and keep doing what Alan Pardew and the coaches tell him to do.
Sammy has made five appearances this season so far, and he has been recalled by Stuart Pearce for Tuesday’s England U21 friendly with Northern Ireland.
We could even see the 20 year-old make a sub appearance today against West Ham, but in his press conference on Friday, Alan Pardew said the 20 year-old was a slight doubt for the game, because of a knock he picked up against Club Brugge.
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