25-year-old former Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi has given a long interview un the Sun, and he reflects on how he finally left his hometown club for Bolton Wanderers after spending six months on loan at the club the season before.
And Sammy is now playing regularly for The Trotters and is enjoying his football.
The writing was on the wall for a while at Newcastle that maybe Sammy didn’t have any future at the club and he talks about how Rafa took him aside and told him exactly that.
This is some of what Sammy has told SunSport:
“At the start of last season (August 2016) Rafa said we’ve looked at you and you’re not in our plans.”
“You should find a new club or go on loan’. He sent me down to train with the reserve team.”
“He is brutally honest but it is it how it is. Different managers have their different ways and that’s his, and that’s absolutely fine.”
“I don’t have a problem with that and there are no hard feelings at all.”
“When I came on loan to Bolton, to get to play week in, week out was something I’d never had before.”
“It was a great honor to get called back because I love Newcastle and it’s my home. So to think I might get an opportunity there was great.”
“But then again, when I realised that I was down the pecking order, it got a bit uncomfortable because it wasn’t what I wanted to do.”
“I want to play every week. I realized then that it was time to move on.”
“I grew up in Newcastle and it’s my home. For as long as I remember, there has always been an Ameobi there. But times change.”
Yes, Rafa was very straight when he talked to Sammy about his future last year.
But there again it’s best to be that way rather than have the lad hang on when it’s obvious he doesn’t fit into the manager’s plans for the future.
In a way that’s being kind to the player – it’s telling it like it is and it’s for the benefit of the player too.
Sammy now plays regularly for Bolton and has 3 goals in 7 appearances this season, but Bolton are second bottom of the Championship and only Sunderland have a worse record.
So it’s vital for Bolton not to get relegated back to League One this season after only being promoted last May.
Hopefully, Sammy can help them do that.
Sammy Ameobi played 70 times for Newcastle with 4 goals and 8 assists.
He came through the Youth Academy like his older brother Shola, who is still playing in black and white stripes at Notts County in League Two.