Academy Graduate Could Stay At Home Town Club

Chronicle Live is reporting today that Sammy Ameobi could be set to get a new contract at Newcastle, with his current deal running out in the summer.

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Sammy Ameobi after scoring at White Hart Lane

At the beginning of the season it was touch and go whether Sammy would be staying at Newcastle, but after a string of good performances it looks like Sammy will be staying on Tyneside.

He has played 19 times this season with two great goals at Tottenham and at Hull, in games that we won with good second half performances and Sammy scored his goals in the second half in both those games.

One thing that worries us about the 22 year-old is that he picks up a lot of niggly little injuries in a season – much like his older brother Shola, in the 14 years he played in the Newcastle first team.

Sammy was not in the squad for the game at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night – but he seems quite calm about his contract situation:

“What comes will come, at the end of the day,” he said. “I’m just taking it game by game.”

Sammy made his first-team debut in May three years ago under Alan Pardew, when he was a second-half substitute against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the 2–2 draw.

He has now played 58 times for his home town club with 4 good goals, and played 5 times for the England U21 side.

He joined the Newcastle Academy in 2008, when he was 16 years old.

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98 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    If you’re reading this, please dont post here, go to the previous one 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure why we should keep him other than we won’t replace him if he left.

    He’s not really progressing, quick feet but poor in the air for a tall lad, weak shot and crossing is woeful the majority of the time.

    Seems a very good honest lad though, just not cut out for top flight football from what I have seen.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    This is a problem with a lot of players we develop, not sure what our coaching staff have them work on but its certainly not working as well as it could.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    That’s nufc. Fans solidarity. Pffft. Im disappointed Sage, disappointed.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Jesper , I’m totally open to a director of football, to me it makes perfect sense, I don’t buy into this bull that a manager needs to pick the players he wants , yeh right Steve Bruce takes his son to every club he has been at , managers will always try and sign players they feel safe around , as most clubs are not really pushing for trophies as such there is no real accountability , in the prem it is like, as long as your in it your winning ,

    I want a coach to come in , not have to worry about who he wants to sign , concentrate on coaching players making them better more adaptable,
    I’m not being big headed here but in the prem right now I think I could do the same job if not better than at least half of them , most of them are so negative and have zero alternatives , and even if they stumble across something that works, they revert back to the old ways,

    throughout Europe it is common for coaches to only get 2 year contracts and be replaced after that , even the biggest clubs like barca Madrid do it , yet here in the uk it’s oooo I need a 5 year plan , yeh right , they mean 5 year pension plan,

    people also think it’s set in stone that you can not touch the big clubs , tell athletico that ,

    one fine day

    no Denis wise was a poor choice , by a guy who did know anything about football, I would hope after all his goings on he would know a little bit more now and get the right type of guy in , not some back street. dodgy dealers.


    I’m totally fed up now , living in gear that charver is going to get the job full time


    no there is no money , and yes it’s about the SD brand, but I also think it’s about blooding the young players , he is playing his cards now


    your welcome , but the smurf song is a class song , as a kid I had the full album ,
    don’t mind the poor mans tom jones tune to , some good memories on the quay with that song

  • nut meg

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    “It is the second time this has happened to Derek in a hotel bar in Glasgow.” “Neither Derek nor Mike Ashley can understand why there is hostility to the new set-up at Rangers.”

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7


    “I’m not being big headed here but in the prem right now I think I could do the same job if not better than at least half of them”

    F@cking classic,best yet.

  • one fine day

    Feb 15, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Think you misunderstood I was actually disagreeing with Jesper in that a DoF would a good thing and was actually saying how a good DoF ( unlike wise who was a sick joke ) would be great for us.
    See the three previous stream for my thoughts.
    Very hard to get anything constructive going when by the time I’ve finished this ed will have banged out a new topic.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Catchy…appointing a DoF or a TD is all politics especially when you have CEO on election which we don’t by the way!

    …so if you have a TD and a Head Coach who both have a history of being a footballer who decides what?

    What’s the line of communication, the hierarchy, who falls on the sword when it goes wrong and hoe do you decide what’s needed and who is needed?

    Too many chefs spoils the food!

  • one fine day

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Maybe the only papers they read are the ones they control hence the “bubble” 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    One fine day…I don’t think Wise was a good appointment; neither for DoF nor manager!

    …but he worked according to what Ashley wanted – it’s politics and it can end up blindsiding the Head Coach! What’s the point in that?

    There is no need for a DoF if you ask me – nothing good will come of it long term unless you want a system where the DoF is the figure head and the Head Coach will be disposed of just like players!

  • toonincheek

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Chunky (to use the phonetic)

    Excellent first post, except – – why not recommend
    posting on the NEXT thread rather than the last one?

  • one fine day

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper it can work
    It just takes a clear directives from the start and both parties ( coach and DoF or tech director ) in agreement of what each others roll is and moe importantly what direct
    Ion the bulb are going. This will help to prevent both going in different directions and causing issues down the track.
    Think we saw Roy evens and Gerard holier at Liverpool a few years ago as an example of no clear direction .
    Again I say it depends on the personnel selected and if they are willing to work under that structure.

  • toon kk

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Sammy’s not a bad player, but he would be more suited to the championship along with most of our squad.


    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    I disagree Sammy has done more this season than a lot of our other players and although he is still raw he is getting better imo am not sure why Aaron’s is rated higher than Sammy at this point tbh

  • one fine day

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    To me anything that allows a good coach to just that …coach and spend time on the training pitch and not doing endless media has to be a good thing .

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    One fine day…there are too many variables in that equation!

    …I could argue it could work just ad fine without a DoF and there would be lot less variables!

  • toon kk

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    There’s nothing wrong with having just a coach, there’s a lot of managers made terrible mistakes and wasted millions on expensive over rated player’s.
    But to have a Dof in place must be very experienced and have a sensible budget to work with. At Newcastle it’s who has potential sell on value, forgetting experience is necessary, you need a balance.

  • toonbrother

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Superb player

    He has been one of the best players this season

    He’s one of the few academy players to have come good

    When you look at Shane Ferguson, Adam Armstrong and all the other overhyped youth players you appreciate none of who are in Sammy’s league, you appreciate what he brings to the table a bit more

  • toonbrother

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Sage, the thing about his crossing being woeful is a blatant lie.
    His crosses are consistently dangerous the problem is besides Cisse, there’s often noone in the box to turn them into goals

    He is the only player we currently have who’s capable of delivering consistent high quality crosses from the left wing.

    In my opinion he has done great this season
    Produces goals, assists and tracking back to help out in defence

    He has done far more than the likes of Gouffran and Arron this season

    On that basis deserves a new contract

  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Sammy Ameobi has more physical presence than Riviere or Cabella. Maybe (short term) he should be tried as central target man, to ration Cisse’s time.

    Llambias and the perils of Glaswegian football: there will never be peace among those fans “while they are shi77ing in our shoes, and we are pi55ing in their Bovril.” (The Big Yin)

  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Teach him how to heed the ball and we’ll have a player.

  • one fine day

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Jesper ,
    Not since sir bobby Robson have we had a man capable of doing the job as a manager who can do all that is asked and do it well.
    Football has moved on since even those days and a lot is required of one man at this level.
    Anyway let’s agree to differ on this one 🙂

  • toonbrother

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Sammy Ameobi
    17 Games , 2 Goals, 2 Assists

    Yoan Gouffrna
    22 Games , 2 Goals, 1 Assist

    Remy Cabella
    23 games 1 goal, 1 assist

    Of these three players its quite shocking that Sammy is the one without a contract

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    @19toonbrother….spot on!

    sammy has been outstanding for us this season on the left wing.When he gets the chance to cross, his crossed balls are very dangerous and excellent, but we still don’t have a striker to put them in the net.
    He will develope and get stronger from now on as this is first time/season he has been playing back to back games.His goals were outstanding and will be one of our key players in the coming seasons.I can’t understand why he and Aarons haven’t got a contract extension yet!!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    He needs to add more goals and a higher work rate to his game as he often goes missing in games.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    I see Aarons with a brighter future in the game than Sammy. Yet I would offer them both contract extensions.

    I can’t see Aarons with us too long.


    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #28

    The main problem with Sammy is his inability to finish a game, he doesn’t have the stamina to last a full 90 minutes. half the time he struggles to make it to half time sort that out and he will cement his place in the team imo

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Sammi has been great this season.

    Looks stronger and fitter, which along with regular game time has given him confidence which is the key for Sammi.

    Should get a new contract. Would be nice to see how far his talent would progress under a decent head coach.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    One fine day…not having a DoF doesn’t mean the manager of Head Coach is in charge of it all!

    …you need to look no further than this club mate 😉 a good example of s DoF not being needed in England is Swansea.

    We need a general manager who knows what he is doing and who would be allowed to do his job without interfering from the owner.

    We already have someone who signs / scouts the players in Carr and we have a stable youth setup (well we probably need a head of youth recruitment). A general manager would secure a philosophy for the future.

    The club wants a Head Coach long term – they said so them self. A DoF is the last thing we need.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #31

    *or head coach

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32

    I just don’t see it, his crossing is very poor, nearly always too low and cut out by the first man, his assist against Chelsea at home (thknk it was that) should have been cut out but a defensive error let it through.

    Yes we never have players in the box so even good crosses get wasted, but I still think he is below par.

    I’ve seen more from Aarons in his 100 mins that I have of sammy to make him worth keeping.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #33

    WWSBRD…Sammy needs a membership card to Fitness World and Gregg’s 😉

    …he is just dangling there in the NE wind! Too skinny and made of glass

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #34

    I don’t think a DoF is important really. What you need is a good manager who gets the best out of his players then somebody above whether it’s a DoF, a CEO, a general director, a sporting director, etc who can go out and negotiate deals for players.

    The manager must have some say, surely you get a manager who plays the football you want to see played therefore you need him to be giving guidance to scouts/those above to make sure he gets the type of players and in the right areas he needs.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Also, not trying to knock sammy too much today but the fact boro didn’t want him back (and a few mates who are fans said the same) shows he isn’t that good.

    He’s just not got the quality in his final ball. Just my opinion of course but let’s see where the lad is in 5 years. I very much doubt it’s the premier league (although I hope he does succeed as seems a nice lad).

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Toon brother

    Nothing like a basic stat without any context to try and prove a point.


    Feb 15, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Think he needs Shearer to show him what a leg machine is. Tbf though Shola buffed up late on so there is still hope for Sammy maybe him and Cabella can work out together

    Has Aarons had 100 minutes? Am not knocking Aarons but he does seem to of gotten a whole lot better since he got injured…I recall he was exciting but so was Ferguson when he broke on the scene

    I reckon Sammy’s crosses are alright nothing special but no worse than anyone elses, I agree that if we had a out and out striker up top they would be a lot more effective, Perez tries for them but never really scares a defender in the air so our crosses have to be flat to have any chance of finding him

    Personally Id have neither Aarons or Sammy in the team at this stage (or if an honest Perez) but because we are a nothing team its what we have to do

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #38

    TS…exactly a DoF is not really important!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #39

    WWSBRD…I played football for a long time and I cannot understand how you can play so many times a week at that level and still have so skinny legs? 😀

    …I don’t want Sammy to turn out like Shola with those mood swings and aggression to follow. Something there was artificial!


    Feb 15, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Haha I dont know mate though to be fair the fact he has no idea what his legs are doing means no one else can so it works quite well

    Aw Shola one day he will return to be the greatest manager the world has ever seen


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