Sammy Ameobi seems to be as injury prone as his brother Shola was, and the 22 year-old again missed huge portions of last season, but he did finally come back into the side in the final few games, and last season the England U21 International played just 12 games with one goal against Morecambe in the Capital One Cup.
Sammy Ameobi – big season for Sammy – make or break?
A number of our younger players will be sold this summer and they include James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano, Shane Ferguson and possibly Mehdi Abeid – and Conor Newton has already left and signed on at Rotherham.
Sammy is well aware that next season is huge for his career as a Newcastle player, as his current contract runs out next summer, and he had this to say today on the Newcastle web-site:
“Next season’s the big one for me – it’s my opportunity,” “I’ve got one year left on my contract and I’ve got to prove I’m good enough to be a Newcastle player, so I’m going to be working very hard over the summer to hopefully start fast next season.”
“I have to get back to that place.” “I was fit and I was enjoying playing at that time.” “It was just a shame about the injury. Hopefully working over the summer will help to prevent injury and I’ll be able to show what I can do.¨
“I’m not a kid anymore – I’m a grown man – so I fully expect that I’ll be treated that way.¨ “I’m going to put in the effort and if I’m not good enough, I’ll have to move on.¨
“But I believe I have the opportunity to play here so I aim to take it.”
Those are good words from Sammy – and he certainly knows the score at Newcastle – in terms of him having to prove he’s good enough to stay at Newcastle.
Newcastle need to have some young players come through the ranks and become first team regulars, and it looks like Sammy has a decent chance of doing that – maybe next season.
But with Newcastle becoming a little ruthless with some of their once promising young players this summer, if Sammy doesn’t come through next season, he could well be at some other club in September of next year.
We would love for Sammy to have a great season for Newcastle and be offered a new deal by the club before this time next year.
What do you think?