24 year-old Sammy Ameobi made another sub appearance for Newcastle on Saturday in the 1-0 win over Derby County that took us back to the top of the Championship, as we start our final push towards promotion back to the Premier League.
That’s job one for this season – the only thing that matters – and if we can achieve that then only good things lie down the road for Newcastle United under the great Rafa Benitez.
We’d be very surprised – make that shocked – if owner Mike Ashley does not support his manager 100% in the summer, given that we get promoted.
Sammy Ameobi – in action against Rotherham United
Rafa is a world-class manager who has won three European titles but he is modest man and does not rest on his laurels at all – and always wants to win the next game.
He gives complete respect to all the clubs he plays, which is one reason he’s so admired in the game of football.
Rafa’s attitude and strong character traits filter down to the players and he’s making the Newcastle squad into winners this season, after last season we were worse than hopeless.
Rafa also believes the Championship is one of the toughest football leagues in the world.
Sammy Ameobi has been interviewed today in the Chronicle and he was asked what it’s like to play under the accomplished Spanish manager:
“He breathes football and he’s really intelligent.”
“You can see what he has achieved when you look at his CV.” “To get to learn under him, do things right under him and be part of this is exciting.”
“There’s a long way to go. You have to take every game as it comes and we can’t rest on our laurels.”
“We are always looking forward to the next game. Hopefully, we can get three points on the board.”
“I would have loved to have played in the FA Cup for Newcastle, but that’s the way it was.”
“I just have to work hard in training and do extra to keep fit.” “Hopefully I can help the team in the league.”
Sammy has now played three games in the Championship for Newcastle, although with Christian Atsu coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations, he may find it more difficult to get games – although Rafa has been impressed with the local lad since he returned from his loan spell at Bolton.
Sammy’s contract at Newcastle runs out this June and he will be trying his very best to get an extension so he can stay at Newcastle.