Sammy Ameobi will in all likelihood start in place of the suspended Jonas Gutierrez on the left wing against Chelsea this afternoon.
Sammy Ameobi – 6’3″ promising Newcastle winger
It’s obvious from what Sammy says that he’s been brought up in a good family, and it also seems his older brother Shola has had a massive influence on him.
Sammy was brought up in Walker, which borders on St. Anthony’s s Estate where I was raised in Newcastle, and he has given an interview to the local Newcastle press.
The 19 year-old, who already stands 1″ taller than his brother at 6’3″, comes over as a humble lad who seems devoted to the Christian faith.
This is what Sammy told to local press:
“I feel privileged to be in this position, and I’m not going to take that for granted,” “I’m going to do it to the best of my ability, it’s my job.”
“It’s not what I expected at all,” “I thought the process would be a lot slower. It’s been amazing and it’s up to me to make the most of my opportunity, and I aim to do that.”
“People recognize me a lot more, although I’m not one to spend a lot of my spare time in and around town. I’m more of a private person, I like hanging out at home.”
“My faith’s important to me, and I go to church with all my family, it’s good,” “It’s not just Shola that’s been a massive influence on me, so has my family and my religion and that’s helped bring me to where I am today.”
“I still live at home, maybe I’ll branch out on my own in the next few months. I suppose it could have been easy to get carried away, and there have been times when people have done that, but that’s not the way I was raised.”
“I never used to read but my sister gave me a few books when I went to see her and I’ve not been able to put them down since. I spend a lot of spare time reading, and I’ve even brought it to the training ground. “
“I’m reading a series of five books, adventure-based ones.” “I was in year four when I went to watch Shola’s debut against Chelsea, in 1999,” “I remember him squaring up to Dennis Wise.”
“I can’t remember anything else, but that will always be lodged in my memory.” “He’s not afraid to give me a good hiding if I step out of line! He’s not afraid to shout at me if I’m not doing things right, or if he thinks I’m getting complacent or lazy or whatever.”
“He’s always there to give me advice with little things I’m not sure about. I’m happy to ask him because he knows a lot about the game.” “We’re both in the same squad but he’s got a lot more experience than me and I’ve got a lot to learn to get to the standard he’s at.”
“Shola’s just come back from injury so he wasn’t exactly 100% ” “I’d never dare take the mickey for me being in the team and him not – I know my place in the family! – although I’ve taken that team-sheet and framed it!”
“I’d like to think I’m up there in terms of my work-rate and stamina,” “It’s something I’ve worked very hard on. At this young age, that’s what it’s all about now, keeping fit and working hard.”
“That’s what the management team sees and why they put their trust in you to do the job.” “The defending starts at the front and our defensive record shows how well it’s been going.”
Today is a huge opportunity for the 19 year-old and he can show the local Newcastle fans just what he can do for the side.
From what we’ve seen of Sammy so far, he could well emulate his older brother and have a better career than Shola, and even eventually play for the full England side.
Of course it’s very hard to predict how well some youngsters will turn out, because there are many ways in which they can fall by the wayside.
But certainly Sammy seems to have just an excellent temperament, and he works very hard on the pitch during games and in training, and follows to the letter what the Newcastle coaches tell him to do.
He is already an England U21 International, and we’ll see how well he does today, in place of one of Newcastle’s best and most experienced players – Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez.
If Sammy does start today, as we full expect him to do, this will be his 11th appearance for the side with one goal, that tremendous individual effort he scored at Scunthorpe United in the Carling Cup to win the game for Newcastle in extra time.
Maybe he can get his second one for the Magpies this afternoon?
Howay The Lads!!