We have an idea why Newcastle didn’t pursue 21 year-old Tom Ince of Blackpool too much in the summer, and that’s because we already have Sammy Ameobi at the club, and Sammy is probably at the same level as Tom, although he hasn’t played as many first team games as the son of former Manchester United great Paul Ince, and maybe that points to a problem at Newcastle.
Tom Ince – 99 first team games and 30 goals
But it’s interesting to us that Sammy has been included in the England U21 squad this season and Tom Ince hasn’t, and last night Sammy was an unused sub in England’s 1-0 win at home to Moldova.
The goal came from West Brom striker Saido Berahino after 13 minutes, and England dominated the game, which started our quest for the Euro 2015 U21 Championships. and the first game in charge for new manager Gareth Southgate.
Sammy is three months younger than Tom Ince, and this is the rather odd positive statement Alan Pardew made on Tuesday when the transfer window closed and we failed to make any permanent signings – and it was written by either Joe Kinnear or Mike Ashley – take your choice:
“We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse.”
“Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player.” “However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward.”
“We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players.” “With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.”
The underlined piece of Alan’s statement probably refers to Tom Ince and Sammy as just one example, and Newcastle have been at fault over the last six years or so of not giving their youngsters enough chances in the first team.
But Tom’s record in football is so much better than Sammy’s – and Ince has played 99 first team games with 30 goals (in the Championship), and Sammy has played only 39 games with 3 goals, but those are mostly in the Premier League.
Sammy could score more goals and develop more quickly if he was given a long sequence of games, which he hasn’t had at Newcastle, and to further his development Alan Pardew could send him out on loan through say January, so he can get the games that Tom Ince already has under his belt.
It’s OK keeping Sammy at Newcastle, but he must be given games if he is to develop.
Shane Ferguson is on a season long loan at Birmingham, and should be a lot better for it when he returns to Newcastle next July, and maybe Sammy should also be sent on loan, to more quickly develop the undoubted skills he has.
What do you think?
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