Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, two local lads born and bred in Newcastle, started the game at St. Mirren on Tuesday night, and both looked good in the Newcastle shirt, and they seem to be doing very well so far in pre-season.
Sammy Ameobi in background celebrating Cisse’s goal
Sammy wants to stay on Tyneside with his older brother Shola this coming season, and doesn’t want to go out on local.
This is what the England U21 International had to say in the local press today:
“I don’t want to go out on loan this year, I want to play here.” “Going out will be a last resort if things don’t work out but this is where I want to be. I want to be a success in the Premier League, fingers crossed.
“This is a big season for me, it’s make of break. I will either be playing Premier League or further down the leagues. I want to be here at the top level, I’ve had a good start to pre-season I want to keep that going.”
“It’s been a great start to pre-season for me and (young left-back) Paul Dummett,” said Ameobi. “It’s been about the application we have both put in and that’s what it’s all about really.
“I’ve always been told I’ve got good ability but that’s not all you need. I have to apply it in the right way and I’m trying to put that in to my game.”
“I have always had that policy of keeping everyone motivated and everyone with the group and sometimes somebody pops out. At the minute Sammy and Paul Dummett have put their head above the parapet and now they have to stay there. That’s the hard bit, staying there. I want Sammy to do that.”
Alan Pardew seems to think the two local lads are impressing and getting the job done this pre-season, and a delighted Newcastle manager had this to say after the St. Mirren game:
“We had some great performances. Paul Dummett and Sammy have put themselves in a position to challenge.” “They’ve come out of the pack. Now they have to see it through to Manchester City.”
It’s so far so good for both Sammy and Paul, and certainly the 21 year-old Ameobi looked very good on the left-wing and Pardew thought both wingers – Hatem Ben Arfa and Ameobi - were very good at St. Mirren, so Sammy is in some good company there.
Paul Dummett - improving all the time
And Paul Dummett seems to be settling in very well and he’s improving with almost every game, and the 21 year-old is starting to look the part at Newcastle, and he could well stay on Tyneside for the coming season.
Certainly that’s what Sammy Ameobi wants to do, and we definitely want to see some local lads like Sammy and Paul coming through the ranks at Newcastle.
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