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This Is The Problem With Extending Ameobi’s Loan At Bolton

It seems that the problem with Sammy Ameobi’s loan deal at Bolton is the Lancashire club have not paid the loan fee in full for the half-season loan and therefore Newcastle are dubious right now about extending his loan through the end of the season.

Bolton Chairman Ken Anderson is away at the moment, but it seems there has been some financial difficulties between him and Lee Charnley – Newcastle’s Managing Director – with the loan fee.

Sammy Ameobi – while on loan at Bolton

Manager Phil Parkinson has said this in the Bolton News, which suggests money is at the heart of the problem:

“Sammy will go back there this week and have a chat with them.” “We always wanted to address the situation after the Coventry game because Ken (Chairman Ken Anderson) has been away.”

“We will have a chat and try to get a deal done, but if we can’t then we’ll try and get somebody else in.”

“We’d like to keep him because he’s been excellent for us.”  “But if finances don’t dictate that then we’ll have to find another player who can give us equal benefit.”

“It’s the same situation for James Henry. Ken has spoken to Wolves and we’ve had dialogue with Newcastle.”

“I think there has been some issues with the money etc.”

“But we will resolve it because the aim is to make sure the squad stays strong.”

Rafa Benitez has already said that Sammy could ne used by Newcastle in the run-in to the Championship season.

We are currently short of wingers with Rolando Aarons being injured and Christian Atsu now away with the Ghana squad at the African Cup of Nations.

If the financials cannot be sorted out there’s little chance Newcastle will be willing to extend Sammy’s loan and he will rejoin Newcastle’s first team squad.

It will be an opportunity for him to try to get a contract extension in the summer when his deal runs out at his home town club.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Here are some stats:

    Although Hayden had a comparatively low pass completion, he supplied by far the most accurate passes and beating Colback by a third more.

    Diame and Dummett actually supplied the most key passes but the latter had twice as many attempts.

    Haydens number of touches and possession were twice as much as Colback or Diame.

    Goufran had 5 shots with only one on target, Ritchie 4 shots off target.

    NUFC attempted twice as many dribbles but all of Bburns were successful.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    So just looking at our team stats this season compared to brighton and it really is an interesting reading.

    Higher average possession – Newcastle with 53.9 (brighton: 51.4)
    Shots per game – Newcastle with 14.7 (brighton: 13.4)
    Pass success – Newcastle with 78.7% (brighton: 77.2%)
    Aerial duels won – Newcastle with 23.2 (brighton: 21.3)

    Shots on target per game – Newcastle with 5.2 (brighton: 4.4)
    Dribbles per game – Brighton with 9.5 (newcastle: 5.9)

    Shots faced per game – Newcastle 10.2 (brighton: 11.5)
    Tackles per game – Brighton 17.3 (newcastle: 15.8)
    Interceptions per game – Brighton 14.6 (newcastle: 10.9)

    See its weird because by those stats, surely the probability of which team would be more likely to win more games, would be higher for us then surely?

    Then i looked at the home stats which is where of course its gone wrong for us most of the time.

    Brighton have 0.1 more shots per game than us. However we still have more shots on target per game than brighton by 0.6, and brighton have far more dribbles per game than us. Overall brighton’s who scored overall “rating” is better than ours.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    From last thread..

    We should definitely sign this guy..
    Because there is an amazing song, right there

    To the tune of Abba, ‘Voulez vous’
    (Boud – ez – bouz…Aha…). Etc. 🙂

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Always like to raise the intellectual level, me, like.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    I do generally feel like brighton are riding their luck a bit, and we are the better “footballing” team, however its the points that matters and brighton will grind out results no matter what in anyway they can. However this has generally always been the case with rafa i feel, as we saw with the bristol/derby/wigan/burton results.

    If we look at the appearances for the perceived key players of each side between us and brighton, you can see that Knockaert has started every single game for brighton apart from 2 this season, murray has started all but 3 (with the other 3 being sub appearences) these are their 2 top goalscorers. Then you look at newcastle, shelvey has started all but 4, the same with gayle, and ritchie has started all but 3.

    Just trying to bring a bit of debate and analysis rather than the verbal abuse on here lol, make it more of a footballing discussion rather than “im a better fan than you” etc

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    You would have throught rafa would have had something in place for the window opening as he we would need a playmaker other teams have players line up but us as normal last to make a move on targets we tried but the line was to far away all pie in the sky

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Wasted, I tell ya.

  • cyprus

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Not concerned about Brighton. More about the chasing peloton who are reeling us in.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    On a side note, Bristol have made a £4m bid for bakary sako, a real out and out winger powerhouse, someone we could do with as we now only have 2 wide players in Gouffran and Ritchie

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10


    you’re always a litte ray of sunshine aren’t you. don’t let the facts get in the way of a good moan. we did more deals in and out than virtually any other club this summer.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #11

    For me, our biggest problem is movement off the ball. Earlier in the season the man on the ball had many options, but lately we’ve stood still. Fair enough, this may be due to the team relying on Shelvey’s killer ball, but come on lads, wake up, he’s not playing right now. Instead of pass and move we’ve gone to pass and admire the pass. We were always taught, when you lay a ball off, make yourself available. Always give the man on the ball options. For some reason that isn’t happening and I don’t believe for one second Rafa told them to do that. Certain players are hiding and that’s a slippery slope we don’t want to get on. Maybe some players are getting too big for their boots and need to be brought down to size. Whatever the problem is I fully expect Rafa to be ruthless and sort it out quickly. We’re still well capable of winning the league, despite this minor blip.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #12


    Not sure that true according to chronicle Everton are yet to respond to our loan bid for Cleverley, while we’re waiting on loftus cheek as well. I’d imagine there’s been various phone calls to Bournemouth about Callum Wilson

  • JamesToon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13


    Spot on lad

  • AncientC

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #14

    What are the alternatives if Gouffran or Perez get injured? Unless new players are coming in, it would be best to keep Ameobi.

    We have plenty of options in defence, which is typical of a Benitez side, but midfield is paper thin.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #15


    Confident we’ll be seeing at least 2-3 new players.

    Would love someone like sigurdsson to come in, but don’t think that will happen till the summer.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Aaron Lennon could be an option as well, real pace and width

  • martoon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #17

    sing in the corner @3 – You’ll be pleased to know it made me smile – good to see you living up to your screen name 😀

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    James toon come on bro after sheff and the forest game you could see we need a few player in to make the others play for there futures we can wait but tell me if we get knocked back on all it maybe to late to act by then just how I feel bro

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda and whats happening with the players are they actually pulling clear in this leauge if there that good aswer no the closing group are catch up if reading win there game in hand they will only be 3 points

  • lochinvar

    Jan 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Wonderful – quite cheered me up after the Blackburn fiasco

    Don’t want to steal your thunder but how about the Lady Marmalade song for BOUDEBOUZ

    Boude-e-bouz coucher avec moi ..ce soir?
    Boude- e-bouz coucher avec moi?

    Just have to sign this guy for the song/chant possibilities – so much easier than finding a good one for Dwight Gayle who also deserves his own memorable song

    keep up the good work !

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Someone just told me rafa not even up this way today so guess nothing is happen today so off to work

  • acuna

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #22

    I never want to see Ameobi in a Newcastle shirt again. He is useless and always will be. Can we please move on from the Ameobi’s era! Assuming we get promoted, other players I want out in the summer include; Dummett, Colback, Hanley, Anita, Perez, Gouffran, Tiote, Gamez, Sels, Murphy and the on loan contingent. Serious amount of deadwood in this team.

  • NoahJ

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #23


    how can you want murphy, games and hanley out when they’ve played only minutes of football between them? it’s squad depth (which we’d be complaining about if we didn’t have them). And gouffran? he’s been a revelation this year

    agree on most of the others though. colback has never been the same since his first season; tiote has been below par for absolutely ages now. sels is worthy of a season long loan elsewhere to further his development (he is not ready), and anita is a squad player at best. never liked dummett but that’s just my opinion

  • acuna

    Jan 4, 2017 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Noah J

    Yes Gouffran has been good, even Anita but its a flash in the pan and its the championship. We cant be going into premier league season thinking we have strength in depth because when called upon these guys arent good enough. They weren’t last year and they wont be next year.

    I take your point re Murphy etc. but they surely arent producing in training otherwise they would be in.

    Also, I am in no way claiming we are certain to go up. The last few weeks have been deeply concerning, but lets live in hope.


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