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Player Gets New Deal But Little Chance Of Newcastle Future

1:40 pm, Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

It was always going to be touch and go as to whether Sammy Ameobi would sign the contract he has been offered by Newcastle,  after another so-so season last term for the local lad and younger bother of Shola.

But it looks like Steve McClaren doesn’t think Sammy will play too many games at Newcastle this season, as it seems he will be shipped out to a Championship club – with the two who are currently after Sammy being Wolves and Cardiff.

sammy ameobi - great goal hull

Good action shot of Sammy Ameobi – now 23

For Sammy to be have any future at Newcastle, the 23 year-old will have to star while out on loan this season, otherwise he will be sold.

Indeed this is probably why Newcastle are shipping the lad out so he can make his own future by playing well and then having either Cardiff or Wolves to take him on full time – maybe at the end of the season.

Sammy’s had a lot of chances at Newcastle and while at times he’s looked good he still lacks consistency and maybe he can get that out on loan.

In fact it wouldn’t surprise us too much if young Adam Armstrong is sent out on loan to get some games – unless McClaren thinks he can get them at the club.

Sammy is currently without a contract, but is understood to be willing to sign the one that has been offered to him.

It seems more like a business decision being made by Newcastle, but it also gives Sammy one more chance to shine and get another chance at Newcastle.

It’s probably a sensible decision by Newcastle.

Sammy has played 66 times for Newcastle with four goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    I can only come to the conclusion that Sammy has been offered a contract to fill spaces in the squad as we won’t be getting many players over the line.

    I thought he’d have been offered a poor contract so the club can get some compensation, even though they don’t want him.

    If I was in Sammys position I’d just leave and sign for someone else.

    It’s mighty strange two different teams are trying to loan him whilst Schteeve has said every player gets a fresh start.

    Smells a bit fishy to me

  • 3 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM


    You shoulda had a look at the 9 new faces, you’d have got a laugh.

  • 4 The American // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    A good decision in my opinion. As long as Sammy doesn’t get hurt I am convinced that he will get his game in order at some point. Good talent no consistency. Story of our club at the moment. What’s a last chance?

  • 5 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Can you imagine the protests if we don’t sign someone and we get thumped 1st game of season?

  • 6 Jaybee // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Just like his elder brother. Always flattered to deceive but never seemed to reach his full potential.

  • 7 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Fresh start is obviously another sound bite/load of crap. How can Wally assesss all the players when he hasn’t seen them all.
    Then agree to load out Sammy and probably retain Obertron. Wally mustn’t be making these decisions.
    Anyway if Sammy is going and they retain Obertron – it will be a good indicator of their potential standards/plans/assessments.

  • 8 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:58 PM


    Who can folks say we are doing nothing when we may have almost-but-not-quite arranged a marriage of convenience to screw a last few bob out of Sammi.

    I was reading the Mag article Lindy posted.

    It contained a claim that Ashley has sanctioned funds to buy players as long as the wage structure isn’t busted, and that season ticket sales are squeezing the wage budget. I’m not sure where the guy got his information from.
    I haven’t seen that formula being suggested elsewhere.
    Nevertheless, I expect it will gain traction on the blog, leading to the ridiculous “only-at-Newcastle United” scenario where people are coming on the long to scream…..

    “Come in Ashley FFS sake!” SELL somebody.”

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    ToonFrom Leeds
    It’s on the cards – no signings stuffed the whole of August.

    Having a meeting over transfers tomorrow F**KIN joke
    Most likely to pat each other on the back for not spending anything yet.
    The supreme leader is annoyed we haven’t sold anyone for a fee yet!

    Should of had the meeting on transfers and targets before the end of the bloody season!!!

  • 10 SouthLincsToon // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    “Sky Italia sources: @stokecity agree fee of £12million with @Inter for Xherdan Shaqiri. #SSNHQ”

  • 11 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Thank you spellcheck. Of COURSE I meant “long” and in”.
    Clearly the words “blog” and “on” were foolish choices on my part.

  • 12 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    €15 million bid for Thauvin according to todays French paper

  • 13 expatmag // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:07 PM


    The wage structure should have been substantially reduced with the sales and releases of Santon Mbiwa Raylor Jonas Streete and Campbell already.

    However, the return of loan players from Rangers Forest and Guingamp will increase the budget although it us my belief that these teams, not being particularly well off, would only have made a minimal amount in salary payments last season.

  • 14 expatmag // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:09 PM


    More guesswork and speculation.

    Dont believe it till they are standing on SJP with a NUFC scarf held up.

  • 15 SuperShearer // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    The Thauvin bid looks increasingly likely with Marseille looking to buy a winger, presumably as his replacement?

    Am I clutching at straws now?

  • 16 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:10 PM


    I read that also.

    I can’t claim to understand anything where our wage structure is concerned.
    We seem to constantly offload higher earners then replace them with cheap potential yet the wage bill seems to increase year on year.

    I can see where the lad is coming from yet see no where he got his info from, to much dead wood on the cards.

    We’re always looking for the pound for pound best players but end up with shite we can’t move on. I don’t own a buisness but I fail to see how it can be good buisness to pay someone who’ll never be good enough and we have no chance to recoup any of the money laid out.

    Failing to pay a extra couple of million for quality then letting the cheaper player leave for free makes Ashley’s policy look like it’s been poorly thought out to say the least.
    The club has lost hand over fist on the majority of Ashley’s signings but a few have went for decent money yet it’s still classed as being a success, weird.

  • 17 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    you could have something there

    I know I’m just hoping we sign a few decent players

  • 18 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    I’d be mighty pi55ed off if our no1 target is Thauvan or any other winger.

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out we’re in desperate need of CB’S and other positions.

    Sorry but some fancy step overs and a bit of attacking flair won’t turn Colo into a decent CB or make Rivierre into a 15 goals a year striker.

  • 19 expatmag // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM


    Or replacing Ayew

  • 20 jane // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Sammy would presumably count as 1 of the 8 home grown players that are required in the squad which could be a factor. even if he isn’t named in the 25 man squad he could still play in the cups I believe.

  • 21 expatmag // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:18 PM


    What I cannot understand is why Riviere wasnt used in his proper position of wide left in a front 3.

    Square pegs in round holes yet again

  • 22 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:19 PM


    My point is that in the topsy-turvy, clutching-at-straws world of the Newcastle fan, we will very quickly convince ourselves to buy into the notion that deadwood is such an unsurmountable problem that the poor club’s hands are tied over transfers.

    That will lead to the risible situation of people coming on to post “Come on Ashley, SELL somebody!!!”

    Sure as eggs is eggs. Watch it happen.

  • 23 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Whilst I’m moaning about potential signings.

    Who was it likened Austin to Shearer?
    Stevie Wonder?

    Austin plays like Shearer did when he was 36, look at shearer at 26 then at Austin, not even in the same league.

    At 26 Shearer was arguably the best striker in the world, now look at Austin at the same age.

    We’ve been fed shite so long a average player looks world class to us.

  • 24 carl // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Things could be a lot worse. At least we all know that there isn’t any methodology behind the madness.
    Seriously though, aside from Liverpool there has not been a lot of transfer activity. Rogers is following his well worn habit of being the Jackson Pollock of football management. Not by randomly throwing a lot of paint at canvas and hoping something worthwhile might appear.
    Rogers believes that if you constantly purchase enough players that they might eventually produce a team capable of winning something.
    You could always just rebrand Southampton to the pool.
    Seriously we have methodology behind the madness just you wait and see.

  • 25 Toon-Barmy // Jul 1, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    I’ve been saying this for a while now, we have around 28 or 29 over-age players at the club already. I can’t see MA paying players wages if they aren’t going to be included in the 25 man squad, so if we are going to buy six new players we need sell or loan out at least eight players to free up space. That has to be part of the reason we aren’t rushing to sign anyone.
    The likes of Ferguson, Vuckic, Marveaux, Obertan, Bigirimana, Williamson, Abeid etc surely need to be shipped out before new faces can come in.

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 1, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Intentionally or not, Ashley has done one hell of a job alienating NUFC supporters all over the world hasn’t he? Practically every blog, every article from Tyneside to Timbuktu carries the same theme. Nobody trusts Ashley, nobody believes him, and nowhere is there any sense of real optimism, any genuine belief that things will change. It’s bloody sad.

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